Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

images-12Tuesday’s “Museum of the Day” is dedicated to kids. This museum is one of the country’s best examples of an environmentally friendly  museum.

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh became one of the largest Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified museums in the country in 2006, on the heels of a major expansion which included the renovation of the adjacent former Buhl Planetarium. The project’s design and construction practices used sustainable principles such as water conservation, energy management, waste management, reusing resources emphasizing the use of recycled materials and improving indoor air quality. A significant percentage of the wood used was from sustainable forests, over 50% of all materials were locally manufactured and/or harvested, and the contractors recycled 50-75% of building materials. Reusable building systems such as doors, handrails, light fixtures, and marble panels were salvaged and made available for resale to the general public through a unique partnership with Construction Junction.

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