A Golden LEED-er

Pictured: LEED Presentation event. From left; Dr. Len Peters, Secretary of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet; Susan Eubank, Director; Lonnie Hardin, Board; Julie Wilson, Board; Anne Murner, Board; Sallie Haynes, Board; Cliff Ashburner, President of the Kentucky Chapter of the US Green Building Council.

The Oldham County Public Library’s new Main Library in LaGrange was recently granted Gold LEED certification from the US Green Building Council. The LEED plaque is recognized nationwide as proof that a building is environmentally responsible and a healthy place to live and work. The Oldham County Public Library is the first public library in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to Achieve Gold LEED Certification.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a rating system for the design, construction and operation of environmentally friendly buildings. Certified buildings have lower operating costs and increased asset value; are healthy and comfortable for their occupants; reduce waste sent to landfills; conserve energy and water; reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

When the Oldham County Library Board of Trustees decided to build a sustainable building with proof of green design through the LEED certification process, they were not only looking at a better facility for library services but a benchmark project for which the entire county could be proud. The OCPL needed to uplift itself in the eyes of the community and the green building fulfilled a community expectation for sustainable innovation. Additionally, management and staff try to match the building’s green outside with practices inside by modeling great behaviors for the whole community such as recycling, using renewable supplies, and conservation.

“Libraries have the potential to change lives through the resources they provide. We hoped to lead the way in Oldham County to provide a model about how we can all succeed in a reduced-carbon society,” said Library Director, Susan Eubank.