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Sustainable Design for Libraries

"The concept of sustainable design has come to the forefront in the last 20 years. It is a concept that recognizes that human civilization is an integral part of the natural world and that nature must be preserved and perpetuated if the human community itself is to survive. Sustainable design articulates this idea through developments that exemplify the principles of conservation and encourage the application of those principles in our daily lives. " ~US Department of the Interior

Sustainable design of library buildings is becoming not only a smart building choice but a great educational opportunity for a community. For a small increase in construction costs you can create a library building that uses less energy to operate, in some cases even producing your own energy, and teaches people about conservation and environmental awareness. As one of the chief educational institutions in your town consider this is a viable option for library construction.

Resources:
MHLS Green Buildings Page