National Office Earns Gold LEED Certification ASHA’s “green” national office building has taken the gold. The new five-story headquarters, which opened in December in Montgomery County, Md., has earned national designation for superior energy efficiency and environmental design from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   October 01, 2008
National Office Earns Gold LEED Certification
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ASHA News   |   October 01, 2008
National Office Earns Gold LEED Certification
The ASHA Leader, October 2008, Vol. 13, 3. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.13142008.3
The ASHA Leader, October 2008, Vol. 13, 3. doi:10.1044/leader.AN2.13142008.3
ASHA’s “green” national office building has taken the gold. The new five-story headquarters, which opened in December in Montgomery County, Md., has earned national designation for superior energy efficiency and environmental design from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is difficult to achieve—and the application process for ASHA was “long and very involved,” noted Arlene Pietranton, executive director.
“Yet it has clearly been worth the effort,” she said, “and it stands as powerful testimony that we are committed to ASHA cultural values such as supporting environmental sustainability.”
The 133,870 square-foot national office at 2200 Research Boulevard in Rockville, Md., is just one of a few commercial buildings in the area to receive the prestigious recognition this year. The designation recognizes ASHA’s environmental friendliness in key areas such as sustainability, water efficiency, energy usage, and materials and resources. The building also rated highly in indoor environmental quality, innovation, and design.
ASHA will display its Gold LEED plaque near the entry. ASHA’s 250 employees occupy four floors; the fifth floor is available for lease and will welcome its first tenant in October.
The USGBC, dedicated to expanding green building practices and education, is a nonprofit organization that certifies sustainable businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods.
Is Your Practice Going Green?

The recent spike in gas prices and growing environmental concerns have brought energy use into sharp relief for clinicians and clients as well as for nonprofit organizations. Has your audiology or speech-language pathology practice changed as a result of the energy squeeze? Have you made any changes in your professional life? Do you have any “green” best practices to share with our readers? Send your ideas to The ASHA Leader at leader@asha.org.

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