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CHICAGO (March 16, 2015) – The Field Museum and Delta Institute today announced that the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the museum a Gold certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EB O+M). Chicago-based nonprofit, Delta Institute, assisted The Field in earning this certification.
One of the world’s largest natural history museums, The Field Museum is one of only 2 museums nationally that has earned LEED-EB O+M Gold certification. It is believed that The Field is the oldest museum building to achieve LEED, demonstrating The Field’s ongoing commitment to improve sustainability locally and internationally. The achievement advances the Museum’s long-term goals of increasing on-site generation of renewable energy while driving down overall energy use. Much of the work over the past two years centered on assessing indoor air quality for both exhibition space sensitive artifact storage, improving energy and water tracking, upgrading lighting and controls, and reviewing landscaping and onsite renewable energy.
“The Field Museum has long held sustainability as core to our mission and culture, so achieving LEED certification was a priority for us. We made huge strides over the past two years and are proud to share the results with our visitors,” says Richard Lariviere, President and CEO.
Delta Institute assisted The Field Museum in gaining its LEED certification. “We are proud to have helped The Field Museum reach this milestone. While the age, unique infrastructure, and sheer size of the building presented a number of challenges, it’s exciting to see the Field establish itself as a sustainability leader among museums worldwide,” Jean Pogge, Delta Institute CEO.
Originally established in 1893 as part of the World’s Columbian Exposition, The Field Museum was reopened in its current location in 1921. Since that time, many additions and changes have been made to the Museum’s footprint, and it now occupies over 1.3 million square feet of space on the Ground, Main, and Upper levels.
Delta Institute began working with The Field Museum in 2013 on comprehensive sustainability improvements, beginning with assessments of the building’s energy and waste infrastructure and operations protocol. Certification of The Field Museum was based on a range of impactful activities implemented over the last two years:
The certification builds on past sustainability efforts, including LEED for Interior Design & Construction Gold designation for the Museum’s Conservation Hall and a LEED for Interior Design & Construction Certified designation for the 3D Theatre.
About The Field Museum: The Field Museum inspires curiosity about life on Earth while exploring how the world came to be and how we can make it a better place. The Museum invites visitors, students, educators, and scientists from around the world on a journey of scientific discovery.
About Delta Institute: Established in 1998, Delta Institute is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works throughout the Great Lakes region to build a resilient environment and economy through sustainable, market-driven solutions. Visit online at http://www.delta-institute.org.