WhatcomCounty a leader in green

Published on Thu, Feb 8, 2007
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Whatcom County a leader in green

Whatcom County is leading in the realm of green building by registering for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of the Whatcom County courthouse under the U.S. Green Building Council’s new Existing Buildings (EB) designation.

The LEED program was started in an attempt to establish a national standard for sustainable practices and encourage and accelerate innovation for green building practices through incentives.

In order to achieve the designation, the courthouse will step up its recycling program, add more environmentally friendly products, and commit to integrated pest management techniques in and around the building itself.

When the courthouse officially attains the LEED-EB certification, it will likely be the third courthouse in the nation to do so, said Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen.