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  • The courtyard at the Weitz Center for creativity.

LEEDing the way with green building practices.

As part of Carleton’s commitment to the environment and sustainable living, the Weitz Center for Creativity was designed with sustainability and energy conservation in mind. The building received gold LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Learn more about LEED.

Features and practices that make this LEED certification possible include:

  • Preservation and restoration of large portions of the original Northfield Middle School building
  • Repurposing of materials, including original woodwork, flooring, trim and blackboards
  • Local sourcing of materials whenever practical
  • Recycling or reuse of construction materials to keep them out of landfills
  • Energy-efficient improvements, including new insulation and replacement windows
  • Water-efficient plumbing, landscaping, and irrigation systems
  • Low-emission paints, adhesives, and carpeting

"There’s no single feature that makes the Weitz Center for Creativity a green structure," says Steven Spehn, director of facilities and planning. "Every aspect of the building has been planned and designed in a sustainable way."