Date:   December 1, 2011
Contact:   Perry Wheeler, Senior Media Relations Coordinator, P: 202-419-3712 or


Washington, D.C. - The National Parks Conservation Association is pleased to announce that it has received LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council for its office at 777 6th Street, NW, in Washington, DC. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Its certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving certification demonstrates that NPCA’s headquarters is truly “green.”

“We are delighted to have created a workplace that is healthier and more inspiring to staff, and at the same time is sustainable in design and footprint,” notes Executive Vice President, Theresa Pierno. “Our office reflects NPCA’s core values of accountability and innovation and helps us to better fulfill our mission. We are proud to have achieved our goal of receiving Gold certification.”

The LEED rating system offers four certification levels for new construction -- Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Each level corresponds to the number of credits accrued in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

NPCA’s office was designed by the award winning DC firm, OTJ Architects, who incorporated nature-inspired elements and natural materials throughout the office space. As an advocate for the protection of our national parks and monuments, NPCA wanted to further demonstrate its commitment to conserving the world’s resources by ensuring that its new headquarters included efficient energy systems, reduced water usage through low-flow fixtures, and incorporated construction materials that contained more than 20 percent recycled content.

As part of an Innovation and Design Process LEED credit, NPCA will offer twice monthly tours of its new office beginning in early 2012 to promote and encourage green design. Information will be posted on our website.

For photos of our new space, please visit:

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