Green buildings will often have LEED certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The LEED rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to encourage the development of sustainable buildings and neighborhoods. There are four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Some examples of categories included in the scoring criteria are site sustainability, water and energy efficiency, use of materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The City of Bowie is proud to be a member of USGBC and to boast facilities that are certified.
City Hall opened at its current location (15901 Fred Robinson Way) in April 2011. The City Hall building has achieved a LEED Gold rating and includes sustainable design features that will not only conserve taxpayer dollars for the lifespan of the building, but also will serve to inspire future green development in the City of Bowie.
Tours of the building, including its "green" features are available by appointment. Please call the City Manager's Office at 301-809-3072 to schedule a tour.
There are also several business centers, a few banks, and an apartment complex that have reached different levels of LEED certification. A full list of completed LEED projects in Bowie can be found on theUSGBC's website.