Penick Receives Green Award
Penick Village, in Southern Pines, was awarded one of two annual "Green Awards" on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21, at the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in Winston-Salem.
The Diocesan Committee for Environmental Ministry recognized the stewardship of the residents as they have had concern for the challenges of the United Nations Millennium Development goals over the years, in particular as they have obtained certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in the Blanche Robertson Garden Cottage assisted living home, as well as expected in their Village House and Woodlands Apartments.
The Environmental Ministry Committee has made Green Awards to congregations and church institutions for 10 years to encourage Episcopalians and others to care for creation by reducing energy, using energy more efficiently, and turning to renewable energy technologies. The award was presented by committee member Gray Newman.
LEED's standards have inspired Penick Village to engage outdoor landscaping that can withstand drought conditions and be viewed from inside the buildings where there is also ample daylight. Outside there is directing of excess storm water, while inside waste from construction as well as recycling is provided. Workers use materials with low/no-VOC paints and energy-saving appliances and equipment.
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