Moorhead Environmental Complex

A benefit that is not spelled out in the LEED® point tally: the Moorhead Environmental Complex will stand as a role model and a teaching tool that will influence every child and every adult who participates in our programs.

LEED® Platinum Certification

The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system was developed in 2000 by the U.S. Green Building Council. It allows for independent, third-party certification that a new building implements measurable, positive steps toward protecting and improving human and environmental health.

LEED Platinum

Platinum is the highest level of LEED® certification, requiring at least 52 of the available 69 LEED® points. The Moorhead Environmental Complex achieved LEED® Platinum in April 2013.

Why Build a LEED® Building?

It really didn’t make sense for us to build an environmental education and outreach center without seizing the opportunity to improve the overall health and environmental footprint of our campus. We expect that the benefits of our LEED®-certified building will include:

The Path to LEED® Platinum

The following list shows the points awarded to the Moorhead Environmental Complex by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). If you would like to know more about the intent and requirements for the points in each scoring category, please visit USGBC’s web page for new construction credits.


Sustainable Sites: 10 Points Awarded

This category discourages development on previously undeveloped land; seeks to minimize a building’s impact on ecosystems and waterways; encourages regionally appropriate landscaping; rewards smart transportation choices; controls stormwater runoff; and promotes the reduction of erosion,light pollution, heat island effect, and contruction-related pollution.

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Points were awarded for:

  • Site selection; 1/1
  • Alternative transportation – bicycle storage and changing rooms; 1/1
  • Alternative transportation – low emitting and fuel efficient vehicles; 1/1
  • Alternative transportation – parking capacity; 1/1
  • Site development – protect or restore habitat; 1/1
  • Stormwater design – quantity control; 1/1
  • Stormwater design – quality control; 1/1
  • Heat island effect – non-roof; 1/1
  • Heat island effect – roof; 1/1
  • Light pollution reduction; 1/1

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Water Efficiency: 5 Points Awarded

This category encourages smarter use of water. Water reduction is typically achieved through more efficient appliances, fixtures, and fittings inside and water-conscious landscaping outside.

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Points were awarded for:

  • Water efficient landscaping – reduced by 50%; 1/1
  • Water efficient landscaping – no potable water used or no irrigation; 1/1
  • Innovative wastewater techniques; 1/1
  • Water use reductions – 20% reduction; 1/1
  • Water use reductions – 30% reduction; 1/1

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Energy & Atmosphere: 15 Points Awarded

This category encourages a wide variety of energy-wise strategies: energy-use monitoring; efficient design and construction; efficient appliances, systems, and lighting; the use of renewable and clean sources of energy, generated on site or off site; and other innovative measures.

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Points were awarded for:

  • Optimized energy performance; 10/10
  • On-site renewable energy; 3/3
  • Enhanced refrigerant management; 1/1
  • Green power; 1/1

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Material & Resources: 6 Points Awarded

This category encourages the selection of sustainably grown, harvested, produced, and transported products and materials. It promotes waste reduction as well as reuse and recycling, and it particularly rewards the reduction of waste at a product’s source.

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Points were awarded for:

  • Construction waste management – divert 50% from disposal; 1/1
  • Construction waste management – divert 75% from disposal; 1/1
  • Materials reuse – 5%; 1/1
  • Recycled content – 10% (post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer); 1/1
  • Regional materials – 10% extracted, processed and manufactured regionally; 1/1
  • Regional materials – 20% extracted, processed and manufactured regionally; 1/1

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Indoor Environmental Quality: 12 Points Awarded

This category promotes strategies that improve indoor air as well as those that provide access to natural daylight and views and those that improve acoustics.

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Points were awarded for:

  • Construction Indoor Air Quality management plan – during construction; 1/1
  • Construction Indoor Air Quality management plan – before occupancy; 1/1
  • Low-emitting materials – adhesives and sealants; 1/1
  • Low-emitting materials – paints and coatings; 1/1
  • Low-emitting materials – carpet systems; 1/1
  • Low-emitting materials – composite wood and agrifiber products; 1/1
  • Controllability of systems – lighting; 1/1
  • Controllability of systems – thermal comfort; 1/1
  • Thermal comfort – design; 1/1
  • Thermal comfort – verification; 1/1
  • Daylight and views – daylight 75% of spaces; 1/1
  • Daylight and views – views for 90% of spaces; 1/1

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Innovation: 4 Points Awarded

This category provides bonus points for projects that use innovative technologies and strategies to improve a building’s performance well beyond what is required by other LEED® credits, or to account for green building considerations that are not specifically addressed elsewhere in LEED®. This category also rewards projects for including a LEED® Accredited Professional on the team to ensure a holistic, integrated approach to the design and construction process.

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Points were awarded for:

  • Innovation in design; +3
  • LEED® Accredited Professional; +1

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