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Going Green -
Good Design and Energy Efficiency

The public library itself is one of the original sustainable organizations. For more than a century, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh as reused and recycled books and audio material.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has applied for certification in Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED™) by the U.S. Green Building Council for the Woods Run and East Liberty brances. LEED gives a building a score based upon its environmentally-friendly attributes and looks at a building comprehensively, considering site issues, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials use and indoor environmental quality.

Pittsburgh is a national leader in green building, and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh worked with local architects to ensure its capital projects were designed to achieve LEED certification. Projects that use the LEED rating system are evaluated in the following categories: sustainable site design, water efficiency, materials and resources, energy and atmosphere, and interior environmental quality.

By using the LEED rating system as part of the branch library renovation and modernization program, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the communities they serve will realize these benefits:

The continued use of existing buildings and strengthening of the urban fabric.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branch libraries have served our communities for much of the last century. LEED recognizes the importance of reusing existing buildings for environmental, social and cultural reasons.

Reduced impact on the civil infrastructure and services provided by those communities.
LEED promotes effective storm water management, reduced water consumption and attendant reduction in sewage treatment and associated costs. This reduces the burden on what is often an already stressed distribution network.

Support of regional and local building industry and economy.
LEED rewards the use of local materials and building design and construction services such as recycling and salvaged material distribution centers, raw and new processed material suppliers, local building trades and construction support networks.

Energy and resource efficient buildings.
By using LEED in the design and construction of energy and resource efficient buildings, the Library will reduce consumption and lower operating costs. Reduced energy consumption translates to reduced pollution and lower environmental impacts. Lower operating and maintenance costs means the Library can improve its fiscal position and invest in other value added services.

Healthy, more enjoyable libraries.
LEED puts a premium on constructing buildings with superior interior air quality, access to views, daylight and natural ventilation. Building occupants benefit from a healthier, more pleasant interior environment.

To learn more about LEED and green building, visit the Green Building Alliance ( or the U.S. Green Building Council (