FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2021
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M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County Awarded Prestigious
LEED Green Building Certification at Southern Area Aquatic and Recreation Complex
Riverdale, MD - The Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County announced today that its Southern Area Aquatics and Recreation Complex (SAARC) has been awarded LEED Silver certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence. Through design, construction and operations practices that improve environmental and human health, LEED-certified buildings are helping to make the world more sustainable.
“LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “LEED was created to revolutionize our buildings and communities by providing everyone with access to healthy, green and high performing buildings. SAARC is a prime example of how the innovative work of project teams can create local solutions that contribute to making a global difference.”
SAARC achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Green buildings allow companies to operate more sustainably and give the people inside them a healthier, more comfortable space to work. Learn more about LEED certification here.
“SAARC receiving LEED certification meets our goals for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including water savings, energy efficiency, and indoor environmental quality,” says Bridget Stesney, Chief of Park Planning and Development Division. “As we continue to expand our recreational offerings in Prince George’s County, we commit to providing spaces that promote a sustainable, healthier living for patrons and staff.”
About the Department
The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation delivers an award-winning park system through progressive, innovative leadership and a commitment to the community and the environment in Prince George’s County. For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, PhotoShelter, and Instagram. The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.
About the USGBC
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a healthy, resilient and equitable future for all through the development of green buildings, cities and communities. For more than 20 years, USGBC has been advancing green building practices through the development of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building program. With the support of thousands of members, volunteers and partners, USGBC provides robust green building education courses, a rigorous professional credentialing program, and advocates for effective public policies. It convenes an international network of green building and sustainability leaders through the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and forward-thinking programs, including the Center for Green Schools. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.