Strategic Goal By 2015, all new buildings built by Maricopa County will achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
Why this is Important:
LEED Green Building System is a voluntary national system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings in five key areas of human and environmental health including energy efficiency, material selection, water savings, indoor environmental quality and sustainable site development. Research has shown that LEED buildings generate not only energy savings and enhanced employee productivity, they also reduce stormwater runoff, increase groundwater recharge, utilize sustainable transportation systems and support other societal benefits.
How Maricopa County government influences this goal:
The County recently adopted a policy to construct new buildings to LEED standards. This leadership will continue with LEED-Silver being the minimum.
Where we are:
Facilities Management Department as well as the Library District and Parks and Recreation have all built LEED certified buildings:
- Downtown Justice Center - Certified
- Estrella Mountain Regional Park Nature Center - Certified
- Santa Fe Freight Depot - Gold Certified
- White Tank Library and Nature Center - Platinum Certified
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