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LaGuardia Visits Queens Botanical Gardens

By
Anthony N. Lugo

In July 2008, a contingent of LaGuardia students, faculty and administrators visited the Queens Botanical Garden’s new “green” Visitor and Administration Center.  Sponsored by LaGuardia’s Sustainability Council, the trip was intended to offer the group a firsthand look at the building’s award winning sustainable design.  LaGuardia remains committed to discovering and implementing green solutions.  Students, in particular, were enthusiastic, for many were aspiring engineers.  

In June 2008, the Queens Botanical Garden Visitor & Administration Center officially received its LEED Platinum rating USGBC. It is the first building in New York City to earn Platinum under LEED for New Construction.  The 16,000 square foot facility features a number of innovative green design features such as a green roof with photo-voltaic panels, a parking garden, and a rainwater harvest system that allows for the infiltration, collection and reuse of rainwater.  These features, along with a gray water system, composting toilets, and waterless urinals reduce water consumption by 30%.

The guided tour helped the group learn about the building’s history, design philosophies and design and construction challenges.  Administrators, as well as students, received valuable insight about the benefits and unforeseen drawbacks of the Center’s sustainable design, which will only aid the College’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint moving forward. Moreover, the Visitor and Administration Center emphasized the small things, like its use of natural light, recycled carpeting and furniture and polished concrete.  

At the end of the tour, the group convened in a conference room to discuss the Garden’s sustainable designs and the possibility of applying some at LaGuardia. Many students expressed their commitment to participate in the sustainability initiative at the College and in their daily lives.  Aside from serving as a symbol, the tour provided all the different demographics of the College community with the opportunity to ascertain and advance green solutions on campus and at home.

Anthony N. Lugo is LaGuardia’s Director of Auxiliary Services and Sustainability.

Queens Botanical Garden

By
Anthony N. Lugo

In July 2008, a contingent of LaGuardia students, faculty and administrators visited the Queens Botanical Garden’s new “green” Visitor and Administration Center.  Sponsored by LaGuardia’s Sustainability Council, the trip was intended to offer the group a firsthand look at the building’s award winning sustainable design.

 

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