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For many organizations, “going green” can mean little changes — recycling, paperless transactions — to structure-wide improvements like LEED certification. But only a handful of structures in the U.S. are certified “Living Buildings” — those that meet the strictest eco-friendly building standards in the world. Now, after a decade-long construction process, a new education center in Prince George’s County qualifies as a “Living Building.” Kojo learns how this net-zero energy, carbon-neutral structure came to life, and finds out how the District’s own plans for supergreen affordable homes and sustainable buildings could impact residents and the environment.
- Tommy Wells Director, D.C. Department of Energy and Environment
- Lori Arguelles Executive Director, Alice Ferguson Foundation
- Patty Rose Executive Director, Greenspace; Program Administrator, Smarter DC Challenge
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