Green buildings will often have LEED certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The LEED rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to encourage the development of sustainable buildings and neighborhoods. There are four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Some examples of categories included in the scoring criteria are site sustainability, water and energy efficiency, use of materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
Below is information on some of the green buildings in the City.
City Hall opened at its current location (15901 Excalibur Rd) in April 2011. The City Hall building has achieved a LEED Gold rating and includes sustainable design features that will not only conserve taxpayer dollars for the lifespan of the building, but also will serve to inspire future green development in the City of Bowie.
There are also several business centers, a few banks, and an apartment complex that have reached different levels of LEED certification. A full list of completed LEED projects in Bowie can be found on theUSGBC's website.
Tulip Grove Elementary (2909 Trainor Lane) is currently in progress of achieving LEED certification. More information about the project is available on the school's website.