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Darden Rice named outstanding ‘green’ elected official

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rice-darden3-300x336St. Petersburg Council member Darden Rice has been named the outstanding green elected official by the U.S. Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Region.

The nonprofit organization’s seventh annual LEEDership Awards celebration earlier this month recognized and honored outstanding projects, businesses, volunteers and individuals, and instrumental Chapter members who are LEEDing the way to a more sustainable built environment in the Florida Gulf Coast community.

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Created and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. To receive LEED Certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. LEED addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the-art “green” strategies in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality. LEED Accredited Professionals have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building techniques and the LEED Green Building Rating System.

The U.S. Green Building Council Florida Chapter is a nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings that conserve land, energy, water, resources and materials. Its mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

Other winners named by the council included:

Outstanding Green Government — City of Largo

Outstanding LEED for New Construction / Education — University of Tampa / Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building

Outstanding LEED for New Construction / Education — Eckerd College / James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences

Outstanding LEED for New Construction / Nonprofit — Metropolitan Ministries / Miracle Place

Outstanding LEED for New Construction / Public — Pinellas County / Public Safety Building A

Outstanding LEED for New Construction / Public — City of Oldsmar / Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant

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