Washington, D.C. - Today in Dallas, Texas, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, presented the inaugural Climate Hero Award to the George W. Bush Presidential Center for achievement in energy conservation, renewable energy, and sustainable design. Former First Lady Laura Bush accepted the award on behalf of the Bush Center and provided a tour of the center and its surroundings.
Senator Boxer said: "The George W. Bush Presidential Center has demonstrated true leadership in making energy conservation a top priority. It was a pleasure to see first-hand the library's innovative and energy efficient designs and to honor these important achievements with the Climate Hero Award."
Mrs. Laura Bush said: "It is really terrific to receive the inaugural Climate Hero Award from Senator Boxer. It recognizes how hard we worked to achieve LEED Platinum certification."
The George W. Bush Presidential Center achieved the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating - LEED Platinum certification - given for green building design, construction, maintenance and operation. The Bush Center is being honored for its achievement and leadership in energy conservation, use of renewable energy, and reductions in carbon pollution.
Senator Boxer announced last week that the inaugural Climate Hero Awards are being presented to the George W. Bush Presidential Center and William J. Clinton Presidential Center for achieving LEED Platinum certification. Senator Boxer plans to present the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum with the award in Little Rock, Arkansas at a later date.
Senator Boxer co-chairs the U.S. Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse. The Climate Hero Award was established to recognize leadership by individuals, state and local governments, organizations, and other institutions that make significant strides in energy conservation, use of renewable energy technology, and reductions in carbon pollution.
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