Getting More LEED Praise with Indoor Plants (Lots and Lots of Indoor Plants)

A slight adjustment in LEED certification has just happened in Lancaster, New York: you can now get credits for including indoor plants, something that previously hadn’t been included within the environmental design organization’s criteria for being green. The only catch is that it seems like you have to use a lot of plants. A whole lot. Such is the case at the headquarters of the green consulting company, Ecology and Environment, Inc., who had already been all LEEDed up since 2008, but now scored extra points and became the first to do so because of their inclusion of plants, plants, plants everywhere. In the photos (PDF) it looks like part office, part jungle. You can read up on exactly what the company did to include all of this indoor greenery and how it won LEED’s admiration once more, right here. Here’s a bit about their building:

A 300-foot-long, two-story atrium topped by motor-operating skylights runs down the building’s interior along the long axis. The atrium floor contains open, in-floor planter areas housing full-size trees and other plant species and numerous containers. The second-floor atrium level is ringed with planter boxes containing a variety of upright and hanging species. Floor plans showing the locations of the atrium planters are attached. The E & E atrium garden features a collection of plant species from the world’s tropical and subtropical regions…