Green Building

The existing nursery office will be retrofitted according to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. From the LEED web site: “The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. “LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.” green-building-1   The existing retail office next to the native plant nursery area is made of sustainable cordwood. cordwood-retail-office-2   ELSEE is sponsored by the  California Native Garden Foundation (CNGF).
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