AVONDALE, Pa., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This Earth Day, Stroud Water Research Center announced that its Moorhead Environmental Complex has achieved LEED® Platinum, the highest level of certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council 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.
"We're delighted to have achieved LEED Platinum, the highest honor in LEED certification," said Director, President, and Senior Research Scientist Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D. "The Moorhead Environmental Complex was a huge undertaking. It combined creative, cutting-edge architectural and mechanical design with other innovative environmental approaches like 'getting the water right,' which became our guiding principle in pursuit of a new green building for environmental education and public outreach that would model sustainable practices for managing water."
Since 1967, the Center has been pioneering groundbreaking research in the field of freshwater science; that research has yielded valuable insights into how streams and rivers work and how their health can be impaired as well as restored and preserved. As companions to its research, the Center has also developed education and watershed restoration programs to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water.While the Moorhead Environmental Complex houses the Center's departments of education, watershed restoration, development, communications and marketing, facilities, and administration, it also serves as a teaching tool, providing opportunities for educators to discuss the various features such as wetland treatment of wastewater, rainwater capture, geothermal heating and cooling, photovoltaic panels, and landscaping that promotes infiltration. Last fall alone, when the Moorhead Environmental Complex first opened, more than 1,000 people, mostly students and teachers who came to the Center to participate in the Stream Study Program, learned first hand how a building can be beautiful, functional, and sustainable.