NY Gov’s Mansion Goes Green, Receives Gold LEED Status
New York’s executive mansion in Albany was awarded the second highest level of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification –the first governor’s mansion to receive it– in recognizance for its drastic reductions in energy use.
First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson made the announcement Thursday, that the U.S. Green Building Council had awarded them the Gold LEED status, which was a surprise considering that New York was only seeking Silver LEED status. The highest LEED status is Platinum, followed by Gold, Silver and Certified.
“Our effort to green the mansion has been a great success,” Mrs. Paterson said. “Decades from now, I hope that historians will look back on this and say that it was a turning point. I feel honored that I live in the Executive Mansion.”
The greening of the mansion actually began under disgraced former Governor Eliot Spitzer, launched two years ago by his wife, former First Lady Silda Wall Spitzer.
The only other governor’s residence to receive any LEED certification is Colorado’s, located in Denver, which was awarded LEED Certified status in November.
Energy use in the mansion is down 20 percent to 25 percent over the past several years.
The mansion earned the certification for a number of reasons, including its proximity to public transportation; its use of alternative-fuel vehicles and water-efficient landscaping; its recycling and reduction in water use; and the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products and energy-efficient appliances.