I have never seen the inside of a jail and while I do not plan to, if I had to spend any time in a correctional facility, I would like it to be LEED certified.  I came across an article on the NY Times Green Inc. Blog that discusses a growing trend in correctional facilities – eco-jails.

“A new $176 million juvenile detention facility in Alameda County — home to Berkeley and Oakland — recently became the country’s first jail to receive LEED gold certification.”  Source: Green Inc.

The Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center in San Leandro, Calif., received its Gold LEED rating in September 2007.  The facility received certification using the LEED for New Construction v2.0/2.1 checklist and scored 43/69 points.  Projects that score between 39 and 51 points are eligible for LEED-NC Gold certification. 

The juvenile facility scored 17/17 points in the Energy & Atmosphere category and 5/5 for the Innovation & Design Process.  Other credits earned by the facility include stormwater management, the diversion of 75 percent of construction waste and a 30 percent reduction in water use.

For more information, view the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center’s LEED scorecard.  (PDF)

Photo by Anirudh Koul

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