A few weeks ago I read a news article that quoted a frightening statistic: The United States delivers almost a half-billion tons of trash to landfills each year, 33 percent of which is created by the construction industry.
A new juvenile justice facility in Alameda County was officially awarded LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first detention center in the United States to achieve that level of LEED certification.
A new $102.5 million crime lab in Los Angeles County designed to meet LEED certification recently opened its doors, changing the way law enforcement in the region handles criminal cases and the way students learn their trade.
The Monroe Correctional Complex received LEED Silver certification for two new complex facilities, bringing to four the number of USGBC-certified buildings operated by the Washington State Department of Corrections.
This spring, Alameda County juvenile offenders will be housed in a new facility that is designed to achieve LEED gold certification.
Officials celebrated the opening of the juvenile justice center with a dedication ceremony and reception that included facility tours and speeches by several stakeholders that were involved with the project.
Sustainable construction is becoming a standard practice throughout most construction markets in the United States, but due to the highly secure and rigid nature of correctional facilities, green building techniques are still rare at prisons and jails.