At the library we strive to find innovative solutions that encourage long-term sustainability and responsible stewardship. We are committed to protecting and conserving the environment today and for future generations.
Green Business Partnership
We are proud to announce that we achieved Green Business Partnership (GBP) certification on April 8, 2021. As a certified green business, the library models best green practices and works to improve the environment for future generations. In 2020, the Library Board of Trustees adopted a policy on Sustainability and the Environment, declaring our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint and promoting environmental stewardship.
Our staff evaluated seven areas of operations related to environmental impact, including energy, waste management, transportation, land use and water. The library’s green building features and practices were compiled into a final presentation submitted to the Green Business Partnership for review. Among them are the high-efficiency HVAC and lighting systems, recycling and reuse of materials, green cleaning, native landscape plants, production of solar energy and more.
GBP certification brings the library one step closer to fulfilling the New York State Library Association’s Sustainable Libraries Initiative, which we hope to achieve in 2021.
We’re LEEDing the way!
Longwood Public Library’s expanded and transformed building, which re-opened on October 9, 2015, was built with energy-efficient technology and designed for an environmentally friendly, community-centered facility. The building’s many sustainable features have earned the facility LEED® Platinum Certification, the highest level of recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a globally-recognized certification system administered by the USGBC. It has four levels of achievement, ranging from Certified to Platinum. The USGBC designated Longwood Public Library as LEED Platinum following a series of evaluations, resulting in 85 points, five more than required for Platinum status.
“When community members participated in the design process, they made it clear that energy-efficient and sustainable features were important to them. The Library Board of Trustees agreed and is committed to long-term sustainability. We’re proud to offer our community a comfortable, appealing and healthy library, with a small environmental impact,” says Lisa Jacobs, Library Director.
Sustainable features contributing to the library’s Platinum recognition include:
Lighting control system which takes advantage of maximized daylighting
Triple-glazed windows to minimize heat loss and glare
Spray foam insulation resulting in exceptional thermal comfort
Reduction in water use including no permanent irrigation system
High-efficiency mechanical systems
Restored native habitats around the perimeter of the property
Rooftop solar array to reduce power consumption from the grid