Environmental Sustainability Initiative
In March 2008, the County Council directed staff to implement the Environmental Sustainability Initiative to achieve council goals of community wide hydrocarbon independence, resource conservation, land stewardship, and smart growth. Click here to view the Environmental Sustainability Plan.
Los Alamos County is dedicated to diverting waste and keeping it out of the landfills. For information on how we are doing please take a look at the current Residential Sustainability Report.
Los Alamos County Builds Green
In 2006, Los Alamos County adopted Resolution 06-18 stating that all new County buildings must meet LEED Silver certification. As stated on the U.S. Green Building Council's website, LEED certified buildings focus on "improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts." LEED certified facilites are also more comfortable for workers, thereby helping to increase worker productivity and wellness.
The new Pajarito Cliffs Site and the Justice Center were completed in 2010 and followed LEED standards.
Details about the County's first green building, the Eco Station, can be found below.
Eco Station Green Building Facts:
- 35% water savings through low flow fixtures
- 92% construction waste recycled
- 25% recycled content in the facility
- Solar heat and hot water thanks to a grant from New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Dept.
- LA Green power for remaining energy use
- Daylighting and views for 90% of occupants
- Construction completed under budget
Call contact below to arrange for a TOUR of the facility.
Environmental Services Division
Los Alamos County