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Green Libraries – LEED Certified Libraries

Please refer to the Green Libraries page of my blog for a growing list of libraries going green. Here’s some background information that is good to know if you’re library is taking positive steps to becoming green. 

In 1994, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) created The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.  LEED (description taken from the LEED website):

“is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

LEED provides a roadmap for measuring and documenting success for every building type and phase of a building lifecycle.”

In Canada, the organization to visit is the Canada Green Building Council.

There are four levels of LEED certification that buildings can apply for:

  • Certified – 40-50% of non-innovation points
  • Silver – 50-60%
  • Gold – 60-80%
  • Platinum – over 80%

Check out these forward thinking libraries with LEED certification or striving to achieve it! More are listed on the Green and Greening Libraries page of my blog.



Also, a new site to check out is Green Libraries


7 Responses

  1. In Savannah, GA we are completing construction on a 50,000 sf LEED Registered new library that is at Silver now, points away from Gold Certification.
    The first library built in Chatham County GA in almost 20 years and the first LEED Registered project built by Chatham County yet.
    The owner is Live Oak Public Library, Christian Kruse is Director of System and Susan Lee is Communications Director.
    Please contact me for renderings or current construction photos.
    Thank you!
    Suzanne Shelledy
    Director of Business Development
    Greenline Architecture
    Savannah, GA

    • Thanks for sharing, Suzanne. If you can provide any links to information (documents, photos, etc.) about the library and its LEED project, I’ll be sure to add them!

  2. Can an africian library attained LEED or green library certificate.

  3. Cool site, love the info.

  4. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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