Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Praise for Forward-Thinking County Commissioners

Don't want to lose sight of a big piece of news from Monday's Watauga County Commission meeting. The commissioners agreed that the new county high school will be "LEED certified," meaning that it will be constructed to meet stringent requirements for energy efficiency and sustainable practices. (LEED stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.")

According to the Watauga Democrat, this new facility "could be the first high school facility in the state that is certified as 'green.' " That's a distinction we can all be proud of.

Our thanks to the County Commission for the vision to proceed, especially to Mary Moretz for her influence in advocating for the certification. It's going to cost more money on the front-end, to be sure, with savings on the back-end to make it all worthwhile.

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