SOURCE: Connecticut Science Center

April 26, 2010 17:13 ET

Connecticut Science Center Receives LEED Gold Certification

Taking the LEED in Green Science

HARTFORD, CT--(Marketwire - April 26, 2010) -  From the subterranean soil below to the signature "magic carpet" roof above, the new Connecticut Science Center has been designed and built with the environment in mind. The Science Center was formally designated a GOLD level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified "green" building today, placing the Hartford venue in the top tier of environmentally-designed and operating structures in the country. Groundbreaking took place for the Connecticut Science Center in October 2005, with completion and formal opening in June 2009. The Connecticut Science Center scored 43 points out of a possible 69, achieving a Gold Rating for new construction.

"Having a facility that makes a minimal impact on the surrounding environment was one of our main goals in the construction of the Connecticut Science Center," said Matt Fleury, President and CEO of the interactive learning destination. In December 2009, the Connecticut Science Center became the first science center or museum in the nation to generate the majority of its power onsite using a hydrogen fuel cell made by UTC Power, a division of United Technologies.

About the Connecticut Science Center:
The LEED Gold certified Connecticut Science Center; located in downtown Hartford, Connecticut sparks creative imagination and an appreciation for science by immersing visitors in fun and educational hands-on, minds-on interactive experiences while maintaining an environmentally conscious presence. 150 exhibits, ten galleries, four educational labs, a 200-seat 3D digital theater, function room, gift store and café. For more information: or 860.SCIENCE.

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