Cancer Center Goes Green

Sourced from the Traverse City Record Eagle

The Munson Medical Center Cowell Family Cancer Center has earned LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The certification acknowledges that the structure meets the resource and energy efficient code criteria that allows it to be signified “green.” The building now has an official LEED certification plaque.

Munson Healthcare Vice President of Facilities Steve Tongue said in a release that green efforts at the health system are always a consideration — particularly when it comes to new construction.

Some of the “green” features at the cancer center include: Best management practices to deal with stormwater runoff to protect Kids Creek water quality; a green roof; “smart commuting” elements including covered bike racks, showers, lockers, and a bus stop; and high-efficiency electrical and mechanical systems.

Green efforts at the cancer center site began before construction with work to restore Kids Creek through collaboration with the Watershed Center and Grand Traverse Conservation. In 2016, Munson Medical Center also installed a 3,900-square-foot green roof that uses succulent plants as another measure to reduce runoff into the creek.

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