The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Keep Indianapolis Beautiful a LEED Gold certification for its new Fountain Square headquarters, making KIB the first civic nonprofit in Indiana to be LEED Gold certified. LEED is the USGBC's leading rating system for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.

"In the work that KIB does, we aim to make an aesthetic, human and environmental impact. Choosing green design for our new office was an incredible way for KIB to embody its mission," said David Forsell, KIB President. "We are excited to have received LEED Gold certification, and we are grateful to our donors and community partners."

Opened in 2008, the new headquarters for KIB was been part of an on-going renovation of the Fountain Square area, as well as part of efforts to make the city and its businesses more eco-friendly. Built on the site of a formerly a contaminated property and abandoned warehouse at the corner of Fletcher and Shelby in Fountain Square, the space was designed by RATIO Architects and Synthesis Architecture, and built by Shiel Sexton Company to adhere to the most stringent requirements for LEED certification, which verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return.

"Keep Indianapolis Beautiful's LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "The urgency of USGBC's mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish."

According to KB, LEED certification of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:

* A white reflective roof reduces KIB's energy use by 12.5%.

* Energy efficient appliances and lighting save $7,500 on utility bills annually.

* Rain gardens and a 10,000 gallon cistern keep 42% of the site's stormwater on its 0.9 acre site.

* Waterless urinals cut water consumption by 7,000 gallons or more annually.

* Plentiful views to the outdoors reduce lighting demands.

* Bike racks and shower facilities encourage staff to ride to work.

To tour the KIB headquarters and learn more about their green efforts, feel free to join a monthly tour of the building scheduled for the first Monday of each month at 4 p.m. Group tours, by appointment, often can be accommodated. For more information call 264-7555, ext. 100.