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LEED News Release

Date: March 23, 2005
Contact: Anthony Floyd, Sustainable Building Manager 480-312-4202

Scottsdale Becomes First City in the Nation to Adopt Gold Standard for
Energy and Environmental Design

City Council Report (pdf/119kb/11pp)

On March 22, 2005, Scottsdale City Council unanimously approved Resolution No. 6644 establishing the Green Building (LEED™) Policy for new city buildings and remodels. This action makes Scottsdale the first city in the nation to adopt a LEED™ Gold policy.

Effective immediately, the resolution requires all new, occupied city buildings, of any size, be designed, contracted and built to achieve certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Program at the Gold certification level. In addition, all future renovations and non-occupied city buildings will be designed, contracted and built to include as many principles of both the LEED™ program and the City's Green Building Program where feasible.

In 1998, Scottsdale established Arizona’s first Green Building Program. The residential home program was developed to encourage environmentally responsible building in the Sonoran Desert region by incorporating healthy, resource- and energy-efficient materials and methods in the design and construction of homes. The program’s goals are to reduce the environmental impact of building; achieve both short and long-term savings of energy, water and other natural resources; and encourage a healthier indoor environment.

The new Scottsdale Senior Center, located at 1700 N. Granite Reef Road and part of the McDowell Village project, will be the first LEED™ Gold city facility. Construction began at the beginning of 2005 and is slated for completion in early 2006. City partners are also seeking to achieve LEED™ standards. The ASU Foundation has committed to LEED™ certification for the new ASU Scottsdale Center for New Technology and Innovation at the former Los Arcos Mall site. It will be the largest commercial project in the city with LEED™ certification and will serve as a magnet for tenants and businesses that provide technology-related services.

In addition to these signature projects, the city has developed a commercial green building checklist designed to account for commercial development in the regional context of the Sonoran desert. This will build on the success of the residential green building program and the newly adopted city green building LEED™ policy.

For more information on Scottsdale’s Green Building program visit - www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov/greenbuilding or call Anthony Floyd at 480-312-7990.