The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center has established itself as the gold standard in sustainable living. The Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station was recently awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Field Station Manager at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Ted Kratschmer tells The Big Z this was no easy feat.

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He says a certain percentage of materials have to come from within 500 miles of the site and be completely manufactured within 500 miles of the site. The center applied for a possible 46 points, including points for its water conservation systems, vegetated roof, renewable energy production and energy saving measures including solar panels and high efficiency heating and cooling system. The project earned 45 of the 46.

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