JPL's Flight Projects Center
A rooftop, drought-resistant garden is among the "green" features of JPL's new Flight Projects Center building. Image credit: NASA/JPL
JPL's environmentally friendly Flight Projects Center received a "Green Building Award" at the fourth annual Green California Leadership Awards, held during this week's Green California Summit.

The awards, presented in eight categories, recognize environmental achievements by government organizations. A reception was held March 16 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

The green Flight Projects Center at JPL houses space exploration missions in the early design and development phases. It is NASA's first Gold-certified building under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, set up by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council. The building's green assets include: a "living roof" of desert plants, low-flow faucets and toilets, a "smart" heating and cooling system, showers and bike racks for bike commuters, outdoor lights that reduce light pollution and many more.

The new Flight Projects Center was designed by green design firm LPA Inc., Irvine, Calif.

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