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Green Building Resolution
On October 2, 2007 City Council passed a resolution establishing an energy efficient building policy for the City of Fayetteville. The Green Building Policy requires all new City-owned buildings greater than 5,000 square feet to meet a minimum LEED-Silver certification. It also requires building designs exempt from this policy to include a LEED checklist with an emphasis on energy and water efficiency.
Buildings are responsible for 70 percent of electricity consumption, 65 percent of waste output, 50 percent of greenhouse gases and 12 percent of water used in the United States. The City of Fayetteville spends almost $2 million annually on utility fees, much of which are for City buildings.
The US Green Building Council has developed a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard that addresses many of these inefficiencies through savings in energy and water use as well as reductions in waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Green buildings have also shown improvements in less quantifiable areas such as reduced absenteeism, enhanced recruitment and improved employee morale.