June 24, 2020
Plano, Texas – The Medical City Plano Sarah Cannon Cancer Hospital announced today that it has been awarded the first LEED v4 Gold Certification in the U.S. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence. Through design, construction and operations practices that improve environmental and human health, LEED-certified buildings are helping to make the world more sustainable.
According to the USGBC’s website, LEED v4 is the fourth and most recent generation of this highly regarded and respected industry standards, which includes attention to specific materials, human comfort, air quality and human health. Ultimately, LEED certified buildings place priority on the building’s most important assets, the people that utilize the structure
“LEED Gold Certification is another example of our commitment to the care and improvement of human life in all aspects, including the care of our environment,” says Medical City Plano CEO Carlton Ulmer. “We are proud to receive this certification for the Medical City Plano Sarah Cannon Cancer Hospital which is dedicated to health, healing and high quality cancer care right in our community,”
Medical City Plano Sarah Cannon Cancer Hospital achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Green buildings allow companies to operate more sustainably and give the people inside them a healthier, more comfortable space to work.
“LEED is a transformative tool that ensures a building is designed and operated to achieve high performance, improve human health and protect the environment,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “By prioritizing sustainability, Medical City Plano Sarah Cannon Cancer Hospital is leading the way in their industry and helping USGBC continue towards our goal of green buildings for everyone within this generation.”
Certification is proof that buildings are going beyond to ensure the space is constructed and operated to the highest level of sustainability. More than 49,300 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 2.6 million square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 178 countries and territories.