Posted: Sep 8, 2011 12:23 PM by Mariel Seidman-Gati
Updated: Nov 18, 2011 8:29 AM
COLUMBIA - Mayor Bob McDavid recognized Columbia City Hall's LEED Gold Certification at a plaque dedication ceremony Thursday morning.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification system administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. The system is meant to encourage high performance building, in terms of energy efficience and material use.
"It's really important for all buildings, especially commercial buildings, to think about doing green building," said Columbia sustainability manager Barbara Buffalo.
City Hall features construction with recycled content and rapidly renewable resources, like bamboo ceiling tiles. Other green elements include low-flow plumbing fixtures.
"It says a lot about (Columbia) that we're really forward thinking... thinking about the future and really being good stewards of our resources," said Buffalo.
City Hall is one of eight LEED certified buildings in Columbia.