President Bush Leaves a Green Legacy




The George W. Bush Presidential Center is the first presidential library to achieve Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for new construction. The LEED building certification program encourages the use of designs, materials and systems that are sustainable, energy-efficient and reduce a facility’s impact on the environment and human health.

At 207,000 square feet, The Bush Presidential Center is the second-largest presidential library and from its inception had a commitment to sustainable development. The library and museum campus, surrounded by a 15-acre urban park, partners with Southern Methodist University (SMU) to provide unique learning experiences for students.

Sustainable LEED features include restored habitat by planting more than 70 percent of site to reduce “heat island” effect using materials with a high solar reflective index; twenty percent recycled construction materials; regionally sourced materials; water use reduced by up to 40 percent, including landscaping; green roof energy systems; 19,000 square feet of solar panels; deep exterior overhangs to shade the building; and located near Dallas Area Rapid Transit (dart) light rail and bus service, with parking designated for low-emission, fuel-efficient and carpool vehicles.

 For more information, visit BushCenter.org.

 

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