Township Places Green Footprint on Community

Langley Advance - Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Civic Facility in Willoughby was LEED-CI certified last spring.

It can be found within the walls of its civic buildings, outside in the natural environment, and in numerous programs designed to educate the public: Langley Township takes great pride in championing green living and in acting as a role model to the community.

"We have a number of programs in place for our residents and at the corporate level which are designed to help keep the planet green, and give the public the tools they need to help make a difference," said Township Mayor Kurt Alberts.

That environmentally-friendly attitude has been especially prevalent since the Township relocated to its new, state-of-the-art facility at 20338 65th Ave. Soon after moving into the renovated office building in late 2005, the Township was recognized as a forerunner in environmental friendliness and sustainability through a number of awards.

In 2006, the municipality was presented with an Energy Aware Award honorable mention for energy planning, which honours outstanding leadership and the spirit of energy awareness within local governments.

Last spring, the Township's Civic Facility became the first municipal hall in Canada to become Silver LEED-CI certified. The LEED Green Building Rating system is the benchmark of green building innovation and excellence in Canada and the United States, and promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability. The Civic Facility was designed with LEED-CI guidelines in mind, and reflects a commitment to the preservation of the environment in its planning, design, construction, and use...