Anacostia and Shaw Libraries Win Gold For Environmental Design

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Anacostia and Shaw Libraries Win Gold For Environmental Design

The Anacostia and Watha T. Daniel/Shaw libraries have been awarded LEED Gold for environmentally-friendly design.  They’re the 224th and 225th buildings, respectively, in D.C. to be certified as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design buildings, and the 10th and 11th District government buildings, respectively, to receive Gold certifications.

"The Library is happy to play a role in District having more green buildings per capita than any state in the US," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the District of Columbia. "As the number of people who use libraries in the District continues to increase, our new buildings can show how environmentally-friendly design can improve their experience."

LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. To date, every new building constructed by the DC Public Library and reviewed by the Green Building Certification Institute has received a Gold certification.  Anacostia and Shaw join the Tenley-Friendship and the Dorothy I. Height/Benning neighborhood libraries, which received Gold certifications in September. 

The Anacostia Neighborhood Library’s green features include: a retention pond that lessens storm water runoff into the Anacostia River; energy efficient lighting; low-flow automatic faucets; air hand dryers and low-flow toilets in bathrooms; lots of natural light; recycled materials in flooring, countertops and wood finishes; bike racks; and easy access to public transportation.  

The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library has a vegetative “green” roof that absorbs and slowly releases water into the city's sewage system, decreasing the amount of raw sewage that can flow into rivers and decreasing the likelihood of flooding during heavy rainfall. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by the DC Department of the Environment, the roof also reduces the amount of ultraviolet radiation in the building.

By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save District taxpayers money; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment.