Morris Arboretum Breaking Ground Friday for Horticulture Center, Penn's First Platinum-Level LEED-Certified Building

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Media Contact:Susan Crane | cranesj@upenn.edu | 215-247-5777
Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422October 2, 2008

WHO: The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

WHAT: Groundbreaking for new Horticulture Center Complex
(slated for LEED Platinum Certification)

WHEN: 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 3

WHERE: 100 E. Northwestern Ave., between Germantown and Stenton avenues

DETAILS: This complex will be the first newly constructed green building on the University of Pennsylvania's campus to be certified through the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system.

The Horticulture Center Complex is slated to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the greenest level available, representing the University’s highest commitment to sustainability. This will be one of the very few LEED Platinum buildings in Philadelphia and a noteworthy example of sustainable design and construction.

Speakers include Penn President Amy Gutmann, Michael DiBerardinis, Pennsylvania’s secretary of conservation and natural resources, and Morris Arboretum Director Paul Meyer

Additional information is available in the “Press Room” at www.morrisarboretum.org.

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