Since green building design, construction and operation can have a significant positive effect on energy and resource efficiency, waste and pollution generation, and the health and productivity of a building's occupants over the life of the building, the City of Madison strives to be a leader in green building practices.

Green building design, construction and operation have become increasingly widespread and a number of systems have been developed to serve as guides to green building practices.  At the national level, the U.S. Green Building Council, developer of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED©) Green Building Rating System and LEED© Reference Guide, has become a leader in promoting and developing green building.

LEED is a third party green building certification program and the globally recognized standard for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings and neighborhoods. By promoting a whole-building approach to sustainability, LEED recognizes performance in location and planning, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, waste reduction, indoor environmental quality, innovative strategies and attention to priority regional issues.

Achieving LEED certification for building design and construction requires satisfying prerequisites and credits in the following categories:

  • Integrative process
  • Location and Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation
  • Regional Priority

Levels of certification relate to the number of credits received and generally follow these thresholds:

  • Certified: 40–49 points
  • Silver: 50–59 points
  • Gold: 60–79 points
  • Platinum: 80+ points

The Facilities Section seeks LEED certification for City facilities as required by Common Council Resolution as adopted January 22, 2008:

  • Any enclosed building constructed for and/or primarily funded by the City
  • Any building constructed on City land
  • Any major renovation or change in use of 5,000 gross square feet or more of a City-owned building that requires, building, plumbing, electrical and/or heating permits
  • All covered projects shall be designed, contracted and built to achieve a minimum LEED© Silver certification and shall strive for the highest level of certification that project resources and conditions permit
  • All covered projects shall be evaluated for on-site renewable energy systems in the design process

The City owns 13 facilities that have achieved LEED Certification and 3 facilities that are in the process of being certified as shown in the chart below.  

Name Address Year Certification Level
Central Library 201 West Mifflin Street 2010 LEEDv3 NC Gold
Fire Station 1/Admin 316 West Dayton Street 2012 LEEDv3 Cl Gold
Fire Station 12 400 South Point Road 2009 LEEDv2.2 NC Platinum
Fire Station 13 6350 Town Center Drive 2011 LEEDv3 NC Gold
Fire Station 14 3201 Dairy Drive 2019 LEEDv3 NC Platinum
Fleet Services 414 Nakoosa Trail 2021 LEEDv3 NC Gold
Goodman Parks Maintenance Facility 1402 Wingra Creek Pkwy. 2008 LEEDv2.2 NC Silver
Goodman South Library 2222 S. Park Street 2009 LEEDv2.0 Cl Gold
Sequoya Library 513 S. Midvale Blvd. 2010 LEEDv2.0 Cl Silver
Madison Municipal Building 215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. 2019 LEEDv3 NC Platinum
Monona Terrace Convention Center 1 John Nolan Dr. 2017 LEEDv3 EB Gold
Midtown Police District 4020 Mineral Point Road 2019 LEEDv3 NC Gold
Olbrich Gardens Learning Center 3330 Atwood Ave. 2020 LEEDv3 NC Platinum
Pinney Library 516 Cottage Grove Road 2020 LEEDv3 Cl Gold
Pending Certification
Capitol East Parking Ramp E. Main Street and Livingston Street 2020 Pending Parksmart
City-County Building Floor 1 210 MLK Jr. Blvd 2021 Registered v4 Cl
Door Creek Park Shelter 7035 Littlemore Drive 2021  Registered v4 NC
Fire Station 6 825 W Badger Road 2021 Registered v4 NC
Madison Public Market 200 N. First Street 2021 Registered v3 NC
Olin Park Facility 330 East Lakeside Street 2021 Registered

More information about LEED Certification can be found at the U.S. Green Building Council website.

Read the Common Council Resolution.