The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) Center for Environmental and Scientific Education today received LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Council on Green Building, becoming the first public building in New Jersey to receive the highest level of recognition under the council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.
The 10,0000 square-foot science center, which opened in March 2008, features rooftop solar panels that generate nearly half its power and ceiling solar tubes that further reduce reliance on artificial light. Recycled building material was used in countertops, floor tiles and other parts of the center, and energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems were installed.
Other energy-efficient features include a lighting system which dims energy output based on the availability of natural light, the use of Forest Steward Council certified wood in construction, and the use of low-flow toilets and fixtures and waterless urinals to save water.
Approximately 2,000 children per month in grades K-12 from throughout North Jersey participate in educational programs at the science center. As one of the “greenest” classrooms in the State, the building is used by educators as a teaching tool for lessons on conservation, renewable energy resources and sustainability.