According to the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, buildings account for more than 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions. At the Smithsonian, we strive to integrate sustainable practices into the design, construction, maintenance, and operations of our facilities. All new capital projects are required to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, with certification at the silver level our minimal goal.
The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI-DC) was the first building in our portfolio to achieve LEED certification in 2011 (initially at the silver level, but later achieved gold in 2016). SF achieved Platinum status, the highest LEED certification rating, in 2014 with the opening of the Charles McC. Mathias Laboratory on the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md.
In total, SF has led 20 projects that have resulted in LEED certifications:
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC): Mathias Lab Expansion
National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
National Zoological Park (NZP): Asia Trail II
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI): Mason Academic Center
National Postal Museum (NPM): William Gross Stamp Gallery
NZP: Conservation Pavilion/Restrooms
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum: Museum Gallery and Infrastructure Improvement Project
Museum Support Center (MSC): Pod 3 Renovation
NZP: Seal/Sea Lion Site Renewal
Smithsonian Tropical Research Center (STRI): Gamboa Lab
National Museum of American History (NMAH): West Wing Renovation
National Museum of Natural History (NMNH): HVAC Renovation NW Ground Floor