Illinois Holocaust Museum Awarded Prestigious LEED Gold Certification

Plaque Unveiling Ceremony to be held April 19 at 10 am

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The 65,000 square foot Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

As our vital mission encourages individuals to be upstanders and take care of their neighbor, so we feel that it is our obligation to examine our building’s impact on the surrounding community and environment.

Skokie, Illinois (PRWEB) March 26, 2013

On January 29, 2013, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center was awarded LEED Gold Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) for its facility. Notably, the Illinois Holocaust Museum is just the second museum in the Chicago area to receive this distinguished certification since the Field Museum received the designation in 2000.This milestone will be recognized on April 19 at a special ceremony with members of the building project team, government officials and Museum leadership. April 19, 2013 is also the fourth anniversary of the Museum which honors the memories of those lost in the Holocaust and teaches current generations to fight bigotry and indifference.

LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green building. The Museum’s project partners in achieving the certification are Illinois Clean Energy Fund, Bulley & Andrews LLC, J.T. Katrakis & Associates, Inc. and Tigerman McCurry Architects.

“The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s LEED Gold certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”

Designed by renowned architect Stanley Tigerman, the 65,000 square foot museum achieved LEED Gold certification for effective energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

Museum Executive Director, Rick Hirschhaut explained why attaining LEED certification was a priority for the institution. “As our vital mission encourages individuals to be upstanders and take care of their neighbor, so we feel that it is our obligation to examine our building’s impact on the surrounding community and environment. We are honored to receive LEED Gold Certification from USGBC, and will continue our commitment to the green building movement.”

Indeed, the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s innovative green design and construction features benefit both the Museum’s economic outlook and its environmental impact. Some of the energy saving features utilized in the facility’s award-winning plan include: water efficient landscaping; the construction of changing rooms and bicycle storage which promote alternate transportation; carbon dioxide monitoring and light pollution reduction.

Executive Committee Chair Jim Goodman, who was instrumental in bringing the building to fruition as Chair of the Building Committee, added his thoughts on the certification, “There are many aspects of our Museum that make us proud, but receiving LEED Gold Certification is at the top of the list."

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The Museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Learn more at http://www.illinoisholocaustmuseum.org

U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

LEED
The U.S. Green building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.

By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, business and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research prganization in the nation.

For more information, visit http://www.usgbc.org


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