In November 2005, the Children’s Discovery Museum achieved a Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Through the USGBC’s rating system known as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, the USGBC promotes buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. It is the first newly constructed building outside of the Chicagoland area and the first children’s museum in the country to be rated LEED Silver or higher.
So what does this Silver rating mean? It means the Museum was built with the health of its visitors and employees in mind. By gaining a Silver rating, the Museum met or exceeded the following requirements:
The use of environmentally friendly paint, adhesives, and cleaning solutions.
Green power and recycled material usage.
During construction, the closure of outside ducts to contain the spread of construction by-products.
For more information about LEED, its rating system or other projects, visit the website.