Now, Circulo has taken the lead in a new way, becoming the first green facility of its kind built by a nonprofit social service organization in New York State, according to Sarah Brewster, Supervisor of Services at Circulo.
's new facility, a 35,000-square-foot building in Hempstead Village, was built to LEED standards, meaning that the building was designed for optimal energy savings, water efficiency, and other environmental benefits. (Circulo is awaiting final LEED certification approval.)
Just some of the building's green features: bathrooms with automatic faucets, low-flow toilets and waterless urinals; motion-sensitive light; high-efficiency boilers; low-VOC paints and adhesives for better indoor air quality; and they use Green Seal certified cleaning products and recycle glass, aluminum, cardboard, plastic and paper.
"We also included a white roof designed to reduce heat effect," says Brewster
, adding that Circulo
plans to install solar panels when funding allows.
Brewster and Circulo founder Gil Bernardino hope the building will serve as an inspiration.
"We want our center to be an educational facility that teaches other businesses, nonprofits and individuals about ways to go green and reduce their impact on the environment," says Brewster
While building green incurred some higher upfront costs, the future energy savings will make the investment worthwhile, Brewster