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February 11, 2004

Audubon Center Uses Only Solar Energy, Earns Greenest Rating

Photo of new Audubon Center.

Solar panels are visible on the roof of the new Audubon Center.
Credit: EHDD Architecture/Soltierra LLC

The National Audubon Society has a new achievement to crow about: the new Audubon Center at Debs Park in Los Angeles has received a Platinum rating—the highest possible—from the U.S. Green Building Council. The center is the first building to earn the Platinum rating under the council's new LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system. The 5,023-square-foot building is the first in Los Angeles to be entirely powered by on-site solar systems, allowing it to function entirely off the power grid. See the Audubon Society press release.