National Museum of the American Indian Awarded LEED Green Building Certification

The National Museum of the American Indian announced that it has been awarded a LEED Silver rating established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

“This achievement not only signifies the Smithsonian Institution’s commitment to sustainability, it also advances our museum’s mission to share traditional indigenous values such as stewardship and conservation,” said Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the museum.

The National Museum of the American Indian achieved LEED certification for energy savings, water efficiency, indoor environmental air quality and sustainable sites. Unique on the National Mall, the museum has nearly 150 species of plants representing four landscapes indigenous to the region: an upland hardwood forest, lowland freshwater wetlands, eastern meadowlands and traditional croplands. In addition, the museum’s contributions to, and support for, environmental research—as well as public programs like the annual Living Earth Festival, the Indigenous Farmer’s Program and the newly launched environmental website for educators, American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges—reflect traditional knowledge that has been developed over millennia by Native Americans with the living earth.

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