DATE: May 16, 2012
Buckland Receives Green Funding
Buckland Public Library is the latest Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) project to attain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification and receive additional funding from The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The Green Library Incentive, created by the MBLC in 2008, encourages the recipients of the MPLCP provisional construction grants to incorporate green or sustainable elements into their building projects.
The Buckland Public Library’s $767,534 construction project was made possible with a major state MPLCP grant award from the MBLC of $529,598. On April 27, the library’s building received LEED certification at the silver level and subsequently has been approved for its $100,000 MPLCP Green Library Incentive award.
LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
Prior to the establishment of the Green Library Incentive, North Adams Public Library was the only public library in the Commonwealth to attain LEED certification. It did so in 2007. Mashpee Public Library, which opened in 2010, followed and received $146,727 in Green Library Incentive funding from the MBLC. In the fall of 2011, Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library in Dudley attained silver LEED certification and was awarded $120,119 in Green Library Incentive funding from the MBLC. Westhampton Public Library achieved gold LEED certification and received $100,000 in Green Library Incentive funding from the MBLC also in the fall of 2011.
MPLCP was first funded by a state bond authorization in 1987. Since then the MPLCP has helped build 51 new library buildings and 126 addition/renovation or conversion projects. The MPLCP also awards planning and design grants to support public libraries as they prepare to apply for a construction grant.
For more information about the Buckland Public Library building project please seehttp://mblc.state.ma.us/mblc/news/releases/past-releases/2011/nr110920.php
For more information about the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, please seehttp://mblc.state.ma.us/grants/construction/index.php
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.