Written by Mike Swofford Monday, 10 January 2011 02:00
|Green Features and LEED Certification|
|SAC and LEED Overview|
|Energy and Atmosphere|
|Materials and Resources|
|Indoor Environmental Quality|
|Innovation and Design Process|
The vision of the Scout Achievement Center (SAC) was to create an outstanding resource facility that offers a multitude of services and opportunities for youth, volunteers, and the community while incorporating sustainable features throughout the entire campus. The Dan Beard Council first became intrigued by the idea of a "green" building during the planning process for the new center. For 100 years, Scouting has stayed true to the values expressed by the Scout Oath and Law, yet we continue to remake our program to meet the needs of contemporary children and youth. Today's new generation of Scouts are more environmentally conscious than any earlier generation...
With the guidance and support of our project partners Baker Concrete, Messer Construction, and BHDP Architecture, we learned about the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. This became the guiding set of principles that we used to design a new sustainable building.
We felt that we could inspire Scouts to think and act with a greater environmental responsibility if our new building was consistent with the “green” lessons within Scouting. As they become educated by the instructive nature of the building and campus, we hope that Scouts will be inspired to continue and increase their involvement in Scouting and that Scouts and adult visitors will take away “green” ideas to implement in other areas of their lives.
There is a tremendous power of cohesion that naturally develops during the design and creation of a sustainable building. By deciding to go "green," we let the community know that Scouting is and always has been green since our inception in 1910.