At Glacier, we realize that the easiest way to move towards sustainability is to commit to it from the start. When creating new buildings, we recognize the environmental impact of each developmental stage, from energy usage to native landscaping. The Apgar Visitor Center is a testament to that. When it was built in 2007, the Visitor Center gained LEED Gold Certification, an official recognition by the US Green Building Council that attests to a building's environmental sustainability.
Some of the many features that helped Apgar earn LEED certification:
• 100% of the building's electricity is wind-power generated from our local utility company.
• The building is positioned such that it both maximizes solar heating in the winter and remains shaded in the summer. It's estimated that this reduces our energy consumption.
• Motion sensors in the building guarantee that lights remain on only while people are in the room; turning lights off when not in use.
• Low flow toilets, efficient plumbing fixtures and faucets with motion sensors reduce the building's water usage by 30%.
• Landscaping around the visitor center features native plants collected at the site prior to construction to maintain the same local ecology.
Sustainable Facility Management