Madison, WI – Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as LEED-EB: O&M (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Existing Building Operations and Maintenance) at the Gold level. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
Monona Terrace partnered with nonprofit sustainability consultants at Leonardo Academy to provide guidance and support to achieve the Gold level certification. Leonardo Academy Senior Project Manager Bill Rattunde says, “Monona Terrace has successfully embraced LEED-EB: O&M as a management tool as opposed to just a certification system. The result is that they are driving continuous improvements in their operations that positively impact their environmental footprint, indoor human environment and bottom line.”
“Building operations are nearly 40% of the solution to the global climate change challenge,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative organizations like Monona Terrace are addressing it through local solutions.”
Monona Terrace achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Some significant measurables used in obtaining this certification include:
- Monona Terrace has an energy use rating 27% below similar facilities across the nation.
- Water use has been reduced to 46% below the LEED benchmark.
- Purchase of Green Energy to offset 100% electric power consumption, and 100% offset of non-electric carbon emissions. This equates to 1,465 metric tons of carbon dioxide, and purchase of 7,328,482 KH certified clean source electricity.
- Conversion from fluorescent and metal halide lighting to LED technology.
- Recycled 2,533 lbs of electronic equipment during performance period.
- Partnership with UW Madison We Conserve to compost over 20 tons of pre-consumer, organic kitchen waste.
- Donation of approximately 8,000 lbs. of food to charity each year.
For Monona Terrace, this award also recognizes the legacy of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who managed and designed the Monona Terrace project from 1938-1959. Before the world was talking about green buildings, Wright pioneered an organic approach to construction that honored the relationship between man and nature, and employed local material and solar influences.
This designation also reflects the ongoing environmental commitment made by the City of Madison and Dane County. Monona Terrace Executive Director, Gregg McManners said, “We believe that the certification supports the efforts of the city and the county to be efficient with our natural resources. We want to be a leader in energy and materials use and to support our area’s reputation of being a sustainable place to live, work and play.
TTY (608) 261-4150 or visit mononaterrace.com. The facility hosts approximately 600 events each year resulting in over $36 million in annual economic impact for the community. In addition, the center produces and sponsors free or low cost community events that serve over 50,000 people each year. The Frank Lloyd Wright designed facility has a mission to deliver an exceptional and inspirational experience.