Top Five Green Buildings In Washington DC

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With DC being home to the leaders of the nation, it’s no surprise that the leaders of sustainability have buildings to go with the city’s theme.

DC ranks number one in green buildings per capita. These top five green buildings in our Nation’s Capital are the leaders in forging the way for sustainability.

American University
School of International Service
4400 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 885-1000
american.edu

American University boasts the largest solar installation in DC. Its first LEED Gold certified building, home to the School of International Service, is on the forefront of sustainability. With solar panels on the roof and a waste water system installed, the building is designed to minimize energy use. From the outside, its panels above each window shadow the direct sunlight allowing for reduced light exposure and therefore minimizing the use of air conditioning. Take a tour around the building and university that aims to be carbon neutral by 2020.

International Monetary Fund
700 19th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
(202) 623-7000
imf.org

Part of the existing building certification, the IMF Headquarters 1 and Headquarters 2 have been LEED Gold certified since 2009. The IMF initiative started in 2008 when it implemented sustainable purchasing, cleaning and transportation options. The use of water-efficient fixtures helped the buildings earn their certification. With the IMF having financial interactions with more than 180 countries, it’s no wonder it’s leading the way in sustainability.

Glen’s Garden Market
2001 S St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-5698
glensgardenmarket.com

Local is the ultimate in sustainability. Glen’s Garden Market is the first hyper-local market in the district where all of the foods come from within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The store was constructed using the finest building material in sustainability. The walls are made of reclaimed wood, the lighting is LED and the market features highly efficient refrigeration and cooking equipment. Even the bar is made of recycled paper. You won’t find any paper or plastic at the checkout; it’s reusable bags only.

Treasury Department
1500 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20220
(202) 622-2000
treasury.gov

Green is the new green. The Treasury Department boasts the oldest building in DC to be LEED certified. Portions of the building date back to 1832. It has since increased the use of natural day light, green cleaning, better HVAC controls, better recycling and advanced utility monitoring to achieve the LEED Gold certification. Boasting waste reduction and increased productivity, the Treasury is committed to addressing sustainability issues.

U.S Green Building Council
2101 L St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 742-3792
usgbc.org

The USGBC is the authority on LEED certification. It is the office in DC that investigates and bestows the honor of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The building for the headquarters is LEED Platinum certified—the highest rating a building can achieve. The building features a 75,000-square-foot workspace featuring a two-story waterfall that helps with the indoor climate control in the building. There’s even an energy meter that gives you feedback on the building’s energy usage as it happens.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture
Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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