"This certification further establishes the AIC as a first-of-its-kind facility and demonstrates our city's commitment to a sustainable future," Hogsett said. "Our entire community benefits when experts take a modern, holistic, data-driven approach to both the Indianapolis justice system and local climate action. Ensuring our city's facilities are resilient to the effects of a changing climate is another step toward achieving our goal of carbon neutrality by 2050."
The LEED certification process took into account factors about the AIC including light pollution reduction, water and energy efficiency, raw materials sourcing, indoor environmental quality, land protection, parking footprint, and access to transit.
Sustainable features of the AIC include:
- Building materials selected for their sustainability, safety, and low emissions
- Promotion of accessibility and walkability due to nearby bus stop, electric vehicle charging, bike racks, and direct access to Pleasant Run multi-modal trail
- Low-maintenance and low-cost energy and water efficiency systems
- Light pollution reduction and parking footprint reduction
"Congratulations to the City of Indianapolis for its first LEED certified building — the Assessment and Intervention Center on its revolutionary new Community Justice Campus. LEED-certified public buildings save money, ensure accountability, incentivize local investment, and create jobs," said Lana Crouse, Regional Director of Market Transformation & Development for the U.S. Green Building Council. "This building also offers a unique opportunity to highlight the ways greener, cleaner facilities in our buildings benefit everyone who inhabits them and not only those who manage the utility bills."
A 2016 greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory revealed that buildings account for 66 percent of Indianapolis's community-wide GHG emissions. Constructing new green buildings and maximizing efficiency of how existing buildings use energy and water are critical opportunities to reduce energy waste and save property owners and tenants money.
"In 2010, there were 62 green buildings in Indianapolis," said Morgan Mickelson, Director of the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability. "The total had climbed to 249 in 2018, and the city's AIC brings our current total to 289. Together through initiatives like energy benchmarking, we can continue to design and construct a sustainable future for not just city-owned properties, but all buildings across Marion County."