Riley Library/Utility Exploration Center receives gold LEED rating

Last Updated: 8/12/2009

TheLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system wasdesigned by the U.S. Green Building Council to promote the developmentof buildings geared toward energy efficiency.  Opened in 2008, theUtility Exploration Center (UEC) and Riley Library share thisinnovative building designed by Williams+Paddon Architects and thefirst building to receive a gold certification in Placer County. The Exploration Center is an educational facility designed to teach conservation and earth-friendly practices.

Thegold LEED certification was obtained by the U.S. Green Building Councilafter an extensive review of the design, construction, and energyconsumption of the library/Exploration Center. These criteria also include access to alternative transportation (bus,bike, and walkability); much of the materials used are recycled andpromote energy efficiency.

For more information on the Martha RileyLibrary go to; to learn more about the UEC go to