How Green is Grand Prairie?
View a department-by-department look at the City of Grand Prairie's energy conservation and sustainability practices: How Green is Grand Prairie? (PPT)
Three projects going for gold
The city is making efforts to build environmentally friendly facilities. Three projects are on their way to achieving the Green Gold LEED* Ratings:
Lake Parks Rescue Facility (replacing Fire Station #7)
The Summit Active Adult Center
Public Safety Building
*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified buildings:
- Lower operating costs and increased asset value.
- Reduce waste sent to landfills.
- Conserve energy and water.
- Healthier and safer for occupants.
- Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
- Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities.
- Demonstrate an owner's commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
The LEED certification system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). It contains a set of standards for design, materials, and construction of new buildings that makes them “environmentally friendly” and energy efficient. There are three levels of certification, gold, silver, and platinum, with gold being the most stringent. It is quickly becoming the industry standard and there are also provisions for remodeling existing structures, residential and non-residential.
City goes with 'green builder' for construction of new public safety building and active adult center
With more than 3.1 million square feet and $1.8 billion in sustainable projects underway or completed, Manhattan Construction Company is recognized by Engineering News-Record as a Top Green Builder. [Manhattan's green building brochure].