National Tropical Botanical Garden Goes Green

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hawaiian-island-of-kauai.jpgLocated on the breathtaking Hawaiian Island of Kaua’i, the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) has begun construction on its green headquarters which will serve as an educational, research and conservation center.

The non-profit institution serves as an invaluable resource dedicated to discovering, conserving and studying tropical plants, many of which are endangered. It will house an extensive research library and herbarium, as well as administrative offices.

Aligning construction efforts with its core mission of preserving the environment, the center is expecting to be LEED Silver certified through the U.S. Green Building Council. The new center will employ daylighting strategies, native landscaping, sustainable furnishings, and local materials to minimize pollution associated with transportation.


Tag(s): For Kids, Green Building, The Great Green Outdoors


2 Responses to “National Tropical Botanical Garden Goes Green”

  1. Janet Leopold on March 27th, 2008 1:10 pm

    Construction of NTBG’s Botanical Research Center was completed in early 2008.

    Application is being made to the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED certification. While the building was originally planned to achieve LEED Silver certification, the National Tropical Botanical Garden was able to incorporate even more environmental features and the building is now expected to receive GOLD CERTIFICATION. This building will be the first LEED-certified building on the island of Kaua`i and has served to educate the local construction industry for the highly desirable paradigm shift to environmentally friendly construction practices.

  2. Janet Leopold on January 18th, 2009 7:07 pm

    In early January 2009, the U.S. Green Building Council notified NTBG that it had received LEED Gold Certification.

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