June 18, 2010 (Washington, DC) – The National Education Association (NEA) has achieved LEED® Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is the USGBC’s rating system for designing, constructing, and operating the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.
“The best decision we made as we undertook the LEED certification process was to work with the FEA team. They understood our needs and developed a plan that was consistent with our goals and the resources that we were able to bring to the project,” said Richard Nuanes, Director of Conference & Facilities Management at NEA.
Before FEA joined the NEA certification effort in 2007, NEA observed the growing popularity and value of building certification as a milestone in demonstrating their commitment to sustainability in their facility. As a result, the goal of NEA’s sustainability facility management plan, which started with energy savings, evolved and targeted building certification as validation of their efforts.