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NEI Earns Environmental Certification

Oct. 24, 2013—The Nuclear Energy Institute has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for sustainable design by the U.S. Green Building Council for its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

LEED is a rating system for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. The “gold” certification is the second-highest designation offered by the council.

In preparation for NEI’s move to its new offices last year, the interiors of the space in the 13-year-old building were gutted and rebuilt to incorporate environmentally sound and resource-efficient heating and lighting technology and recycled interior finishing products.

The office features open spaces that take advantage of natural light and climate control; energy-saving LED lighting with motion detection; and space-saving, flexible conference space design.

“LEED certification has been an important focus for the company in being environmentally responsible and reflecting the thinking of our member organizations,” said John McIntire, NEI’s executive director and chief information officer, who led the office development team. “This is a tremendous accomplishment and one in which our entire organization takes a great deal of pride.” 

“NEI has been reducing its greenhouse gas emissions for the past five years as a partner in The Climate Registry, and the LEED effort is a catalyst to further lowering our carbon footprint,” McIntire added.

USGBC mentioned NEI’s efforts as a “showcase example of sustainable design [that] demonstrates leadership in transforming the building industry.”