CONNELL, WA — Coyote Ridge Corrections Center
is the first prison campus to meet national standards for its green and energy-saving practices, according to The News Tribune.
The Connell prison received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) Gold certification for the green-building techniques and energy-saving measures incorporated in the 2008 prison expansion, the article stated.
"Coyote Ridge is the first prison in the world where the entire campus has met the LEED standard," said David Jansen, Department of Corrections
capital programs administrator.
The prison had 46 percent of its building materials come from recycled sources, reduced water use by 32 percent and used 45 percent locally-made building materials, the article noted.
According to the article, receiving the LEED rating does require a fee to the building council, but that was offset by energy rebates.