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Posted: 7/15/2011 | Print Friendly Version

Anderson Center Receives Gold Certification for
Commitment to Sustainability

 (ST. LOUIS):  The Edgar Anderson Center at the Shaw Nature Reserve, a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden, announced today that it has been awarded the LEED® Gold certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

The new center, dedicated in 2010, is an excellent example of the ongoing commitment to sustainability and improving the built environment at the Garden and its family of attractions. It received LEED Gold certification for water efficiency exceeding 40 percent over baseline design; energy efficiency measures; high efficiency window glazing; lighting and equipment efficiency; and wood boiler devices resulting in 48 percent energy cost savings from a baseline design. It also features on-site renewable energy, which offsets nearly 22 percent of the total annual energy costs. During construction, over 96 percent of the on-site generated construction waste was diverted from landfills. Overall the project earned ten out of ten points in the Energy Performance Category, three out of three points for the On-site Renewable Energy Category and additional points within each for Exemplary Performance.

“One of the premier strengths of the Garden is the unwavering pledge to smart design and material usage,” said Deb Frank, vice president of sustainability for the Missouri Botanical Garden. “The Edgar Anderson Center at the Shaw Nature Reserve employs several pro-sustainability features that we hope will inspire others to seek out ways to increase energy efficiency and utilize solar energy in their own homes and businesses. We have an opportunity to demonstrate how using less energy saves money, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to a healthy environment.”

The new support facility is an excellent example of the Garden’s commitment to conserve and preserve. During demolition of the original site, over 90 percent of the materials were either reused or recycled, greatly reducing the amount of materials taken to landfills. The recycled material included more than 16 tons of metal parts and piping, together with over 700 tons of aggregate from the concrete floors. Several of the complex’s features address sustainability issues, including an innovative cooling system that uses about half the energy of a conventional cooling system; passive solar features; and energy-efficient lighting. 

“The strength of USGBC has always been the collective strength of our leaders in the building industry," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, the Missouri Botanical Garden demonstrates their leadership through their LEED Gold certification of the Edgar Anderson Center at the Shaw Nature Reserve.”

A dedication ceremony was held at the Edgar Anderson Center on Tuesday, July 14 whereby local dignitaries of the U.S. Green Building Council presented a plaque commemorating the LEED Gold Certification.            

The Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden is a 2,400-acre natural area located just south of Interstate-44 at exit #253 in Gray Summit. Open 7 a.m. until sunset daily; Visitor Center open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. The Bascom House is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Reserve is open to hikers everyday, but the Visitor Center and Bascom House are closed on some major holidays. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors (65+) and free for children ages 12 and under.

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The Shaw Nature Reserve’s mission is “to inspire responsible stewardship of our environment through education, restoration and protection of our natural habitats and through public enjoyment of the natural world.”

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 152 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39 percent of CO2 emissions, 40 percent of energy consumption, 13 percent water consumption and 15 percent of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85 percent of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

 About LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.

By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.

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