LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)- According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, going green is defined as tending to preserve environmental quality. If you look up the definition in Louisville, you just might find a picture of the Newburg Library.
The library was just honored with a LEED Certification of Silver, making it the first Metro government building to achieve this distinction.
Libraries by their very nature are a sustainable entity. Books are re-used over and over again.
The Newburg Library set its goal on becoming the greenest library in Louisville
They accomplished their goal by incorporated an environmentally-friendly design that uses geothermal heating and cooling, solar panels, a butterfly shaped roof that is designed to allow rainfall to feed a rain garden, and they also used and existing parking lot so additional green space would not be paved over.
Inside the library, green technology is being used to conserve electricity and water. The floor in the children’s' area is made of marmoleum, consisting of cork and other renewable recourses.
The floor does not get as cold, so when kids sit on it to read or play games with each other, it is easier on them.
The Newburg Library also wants their customers to help, so they have placed recycle bins throughout the building.
Chief Meteorologist Monty Webb takes us on a tour in this week's Project Green.