It's Better Being Green
A Model of Environmentally-advanced Architecture
When the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Board of Trustees first sat down with the architects to design this Library, they were presented with a unique opportunity; to become a model of environmentally-advanced architecture in New York State and the Country.
With the guidance and expertise of architects Woodward Connor Gillies & Seleman and aided by a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a comprehensive effort was launched to design and build with the environment foremost in mind.
Designing and Building "Green"
What does it mean being "green"? It means designing, building and operating our 55,000 sq. ft. facility with minimum impact on the environment, the chance to reap energy savings in the millions of dollars, a healthier indoor environment for patron families and staff, in addition to gaining national recognition as a leader in environmental responsibility and education. Practically everything in the Library has been selected with the environment in mind; from the regionally-sourced masonry and structural steel forged from scrap metal, to the window wall that allows extensive use of day lighting, to carpets made from bio-based fibers, recycled tires and plastic, to counter tops made from recycled metal and resins.
Our Director, Alex Gutelius made a presentation at the Vermont Library Association Conference, May 2010, about Green Libraries. The presentation included the process the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Board of Trustees and Staff went through during the planning and building phases of our current building.
We have received certification as part of the U.S. Green building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Program. It required documenting and committing to a wide range of measurable actions covering the design, construction and operation of the Library.
Read more in our Environmental Features flyer.