ALBANY, NY — The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center
, which is sponsored by TrustCo Bank
, has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) certification at the Gold level, according to a press release
Since 2004, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
(NYSERDA) has provided the Pine Bush Commission with nearly $103,000 for energy efficient retrofits and to incorporate other sustainable aspects into the space, the release stated.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
(DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis said: "Since this project began, the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center has been led by a team of dedicated and innovative partners that developed a plan for this green building — which eventually exceeded even their initial expectations. They''ve done a fantastic job. The features incorporated into the LEED-Gold design of this reused space will enhance Pine Bush resources, reduce numerous environmental impacts and serve as a valuable educational tool to visitors and the surrounding community."
The Albany Pine Bush represents one of the best remaining examples of an inland pine barrens ecosystem left in the world and is home to a variety of rare plants and animals, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly
and a number of other rare and unique species, the release noted.
Sustainable aspects of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center include extensive recycling, energy reduction, water reduction, renewable resources, renewable energy, indoor air quality monitoring and restoration of the native landscape, the release added.