Farmington, NM Striving for Silver Leadership for LEEDS Standards
Status: Adopted on 2/5/08
RESOLUTION NO. 2008-1269
A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE APPLICATION OF SILVER LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (LEED) STANDARDS IN NEW AND REFURBISHED CITY FACILITIES
WHEREAS, the United States Green Building Council, a national non-profit organization, has developed a certification process called the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system; and
WHEREAS, LEED rated buildings are becoming more common across the country; and
WHEREAS, LEED certified buildings certify a building is more energy efficient; and
WHEREAS, there are four certification levels in the LEED system which can be applied to new construction as well as to renovations and one of those standards is the "Silver" certification; and
WHEREAS, although some initial construction costs would be higher, LEED buildings have lower operating costs compared to standard buildings and LEED buildings offer healthier work environments with reported reduced absenteeism and potentially increased worker productivity; and
WHEREAS, New Mexico is one of over 20 states in the United States to adopt LEED Silver certification for the greening of public buildings and at the close of the 2007 legislative session, New Mexico passed a new Sustainable Building Tax Credit for qualifying LEED buildings; and
WHEREAS, the City of Farmington recognizes the financial and environmental benefits of LEED certified buildings.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF FARMINGTON, that the City Council hereby establishes the goal of receiving LEED Silver certification, at a minimum, on new City projects and City staff, architects and other consultants working on City projects are directed to pursue and develop costs for LEED Silver certification for construction in new and remodeled City buildings for Council consideration.