LEED Platinum Comes To State Parks Building

An organization dedicated to helping people enjoy the great outdoors ought to have a green-certified building, and now, New York State Parks does.

The organization’s new Taconic Regional Headquarters has been awarded Platinum-level LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of its recent renovation of an old school building, Staatsburg School, into a “highly energy efficient and sustainable building.” The renovation was made possible by a gift from New York State Parks supporter Dr. Lucy R. Waletzky, whose gift covered $3 million of the $7.9 million project.


image via New York State Parks

The new and improved Taconic Regional Headquarters features a geothermal heating and cooling system, a solar power system, highly-efficiency windows, “innovative insulation methods,” and efficient, modern lighting.

Other green elements include healthy ventilation systems, low VOC-emitting products throughout (glues, paints and carpets), recyclcled content carpet, partitions, and ceilings, and low-flow water features. Outside, the building makes use of permeable pavement and parking structures as well as on-site stormwater management.

The renovated school is the first public building in the state of New York  to take LEED Platinum for new construction or renovation.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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