Va. environmental center certified LEED platinum

The Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) Environmental Center has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Of the 2,364 LEED-certified buildings in Virginia, only 2 percent (51) are LEED platinum – the highest level possible. And the center is the first building in the city of Alexandria and Fairfax County to achieve platinum under the LEED’s new construction category, reports Water Online.

“The water and environmental educational elements throughout the building … already have fostered a better understanding of the value of water among those who have visited the Environmental Center,” said Karen Pallansch, CEO of AlexRenew.

The costs of the Environmental Center were borne through an innovative development partnership between AlexRenew and JM Zell Partners Ltd., a real estate developer based in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

AlexRenew’s Environmental Center also serves as AlexRenew’s new offices.

Some of the facility’s sustainability highlights include:

  • 13 percent of the building’s total energy use comes from renewable energy sources
  • 24 percent of its construction products were derived from recycled materials
  • 36-percent reduction in potable water use

The Environmental Center hosts school groups and teachers, scout troops, adult learners, community organizations and others who want to become better water stewards. The center’s sixth floor also has conference rooms available for community groups to use. The first-floor educational lobby features museum-quality exhibits that illustrate our community’s connection with local waterways, like the Chesapeake Bay.

The interactive exhibits are designed to inspire visitors to conserve water and keep waterways clean and healthy.


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