Every day Coast Guard units around the country enforce the nation’s environmental laws on and near our oceans, lakes and waterways. Protecting the maritime environment is embedded in the DNA of every Coast Guard man and woman. So, it seemed fitting when the Department of Homeland Security announced plans to develop a new consolidated headquarters campus at the historic St. Elizabeths hospital site that the new Coast Guard headquarters would take advantage of the latest in sustainable building design practices and technologies to minimize our environmental footprint.
“The new Coast Guard headquarters building will adhere to stringent sustainable construction and design standards,” said Capt. George Stephanos, St. Elizabeths project manager. “This project demonstrates a strong commitment from GSA, DHS and the Coast Guard to our responsibility to be good environmental stewards.”
Until recently, all new federal buildings were required to meet a ‘Silver’ certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria, GSA recently set a goal to exceed this requirement with a LEED Gold certification. While the new Coast Guard headquarters was contracted during the ‘Silver’ phase, GSA, DHS and Coast Guard are working to achieve ‘Gold’ certification for the project.
LEED certification is an internationally recognized green building certification system acknowledging that the campus was designed and is being built using strategies aimed at improving performance in energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
With the Coast Guard scheduled to move onto the new headquarters campus in 2013, our service is proud to be walking the talk when it comes to protecting the environment.