Sustainability

Sustainability was a major concern in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the library building and grounds. The result is not only a beautiful building, but one that is designed to last for generations while having minimal impact on the environment. Some highlights of the library's design and construction include:

Water Conservation



Thanks to the high efficiency fixtures, the library uses 40% less water than a similar sized building.  Retention ponds, rain gardens, and native plants all help protect waterways and reduce water consumption.
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Recycled and Local Materials



22% of the materials used in construction were recycled, and 23% of materials used were from local resources.  Additionally, over 77% of construction waste was recycled.
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Energy Efficiency



The geothermal heating and cooling system, along with energy efficient fixtures means the building uses 34% less energy than comparable buildings.

LEED Gold Certified 2012

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Additional Information



Sustainability at the Fitchburg Public Library - At a Glance
Self-Guided Sustainability Tour
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)