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Discovery Center is First Building in Southwest Missouri to Achieve a Gold Certification in the LEED

The Discovery Center in Springfield unveiled its Gold Certification in the LEED Program Thursday night to about 80 supporters. The center received word in April by the United States Green Building Council that it had achieved a gold certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System. KSMU's Joe Morgan reports.

The Discovery Center is the first Gold Certified LEED building in southwest Missouri. It has been featured in two national magazines as the only science center in the United States to be LEED certified. Discovery Center's Marketing and Special Events Director Charlotte McCoy says this new honor gives the center a better chance to further the community's knowledge of environmental sustainability.

McCoy says that being the only Gold Certified LEED building in southwest Missouri has allowed the center to be an example for the community by continuing to better the center.

The LEED Certifications are calculated on a point system that considers all the attributes of a building that will better the environment. McCoy explains one example that the center is very proud of.

The center also has sidewalks that absorb rainwater instead of allowing it to runoff and cause other problems. The price tag for the entire project was 6 million dollars almost all funded by regional and local companies, foundations, and individuals. Executive Director of the Discovery Center Emily Fox says she hopes everyone comes to check out the new additions and learn more about sustaining the environment.

For more information about the Discovery Center or their Gold Certification call 417-862-9910 or log on to discoverycenter.org. For KSMU News, I'm Joe Morgan.