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Butner Federal Prison in North Carolina

The Butner Federal Correctional Institution I (pictured) is perhaps best known for housing disgraced ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff. But before Madoff moved in, part of the North Carolina medium-security prison known as Butner Federal Correctional Institution II was recognized for being the first LEED certified prison in the United States.

Butner Federal Correctional Institution II qualified for LEED certification in 2007 when a slew of green implementations were included in its design. The building encourages green transportation with its bicycle storage, alternative fuel refueling station and a parking lot for alternative fuel vehicles. Butner also has energy-smart landscaping, low-flow plumbing fixtures and a design that reduces the heat island effect