Do you live in, or around, Little Rock, Arkansas? Planning to visit the city? Those who enjoy “green” facility tours will find an interesting destination in the Clinton Presidential Center, which houses the former president’s library. The facility, which will celebrate its one-year anniversary on November 18, is certified LEED silver under the U.S. Green Building Council rating system. In late September, the first, exclusively green tours were scheduled there to coincide with a meeting of the American Solar Energy Society. Interest was so high the staff decided to continue offering the tours, which are available every Saturday and by request for groups.
The library is the first LEED-certified building in the state of Arkansas and contains numerous green features, the most visible of which are large expanses of windows with glass that is insulated and glazed to reduce heat gain in the facility. This aspect meshed with Clinton’s request for abundant natural lighting in the building.
Other environmentally-friendly aspects of the library include floors made of recycled rubber, as well as bamboo wood (known to be rapidly renewable). There are also more than 300 solar panels on the roof that produce part of the building’s energy load.
For those interested in taking the tour, call (501) 748-0419 or visit www.clintonfoundation.org/cpc-index.htm.