From the beginning of the initial design, President Clinton wanted his Presidential Center to be an educational project demonstrating green building design, construction, and operation.
Upon completion of the Clinton Presidential Center, the Library was recognized with a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In 2005, the Library was awarded with two Green Globes by the Green Building Initiative (GBI) for best practices in energy and environmental design. In 2007, through additional sustainability practices, the Library received a Platinum LEED Certification for Existing Buildings from the USGBC, the only federally maintained facility to receive this recognition. As the first LEED certified building in the state, the Clinton Library has become a catalyst for sustainability for non-profit, governmental, private, and commercial properties in Arkansas.
Maintaining the Center’s commitment to sustainability, Choctaw Station, which was built in 1899 and houses the Little Rock Foundation offices, became the oldest LEED-certified building in Arkansas in 2014.
The Green Roof
Inside and out, the Center utilizes a variety of sustainability programs that reduce costs and its impact on the environment. In November 2007, the construction of a green roof on the Library was completed, adding green space to the Center that provides a habitat for plants, reduces storm water runoff, lessens urban heat island effects, improves energy efficiency, controls temperature, conserves water and cleans the air.
Sustainability by the Numbers
The purchase of renewable energy certificates offsets 100% of the Library’s emissions.
The Library uses 24% less energy than comparable code compliant buildings.
The Library is powered in part by 306 roof-mounted solar panels.
The Library uses 92.5% green cleaning products.
The Library recycles 100% of all durable goods.
The Choctaw Building has an energy savings of approximately 48% due to significant retrofits of the HVAC, lighting, and other systems.
The Choctaw Building consists of 100% Energy Star electronics and 100% sustainable furniture.
The Center and Park have a weather-based irrigation system that reduces irrigation water use by 90% more than a typical irrigation system.