Building rated exceptional in storm water management
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Green Building Council announced that EPA’s Environmental Science Center at Fort Meade, Md., has been certified for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) O + M (operation and maintenance), making it the first EPA laboratory nationwide to achieve this certification.
The Environmental Science Center also was rated as exceptional in onsite storm water management and natural habitat, as well as excellent in green cleaning, indoor air quality and water conservation.
“We can all take pride in the fact that the Environmental Science Center here at Fort Meade will continue to provide a living, breathing example of sustainability in action,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “The work resulting in LEED certification was conducted entirely by EPA staff, which reduced the costs to both the agency and the taxpayers.”
The U.S. Green Building Council designates LEED certification to building that demonstrate outstanding performance in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.