Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced the establishment of the Climate Hero Award. The first award will be presented to the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Senator Boxer said: “I am so pleased to announce that the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and the George W. Bush Presidential Center will receive the first Climate Hero Award. Both of these libraries have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation by incorporating energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, and sustainable design.”
Both libraries achieved the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating – LEED Platinum certification – given for green building design, construction, maintenance and operation. The William J. Clinton Presidential Center received LEED Platinum Certification for existing construction, and the George W. Bush Presidential Center was awarded LEED Platinum certification for new construction. Senator Boxer will present the Climate Hero Award in person at each library 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.