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Wartburg Building Is First To Win LEED Certification

David Gentner, president & CEO of Wartburg; Judy Williams, Wartburg board member and Mt. Vernon’s Commissioner of Human Resources; Mt. Vernon Mayor Ernest D. Davis; Ryan Herchenroether, Wartburg’s Director of Planning.
David Gentner, president & CEO of Wartburg; Judy Williams, Wartburg board member and Mt. Vernon’s Commissioner of Human Resources; Mt. Vernon Mayor Ernest D. Davis; Ryan Herchenroether, Wartburg’s Director of Planning. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- The City of Mount Vernon and Wartburg staff recently celebrated the first construction project to be LEED certified.

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certification is the nationally recognized stamp of approval to signify that a building is conserving energy, lowering operating costs and being healthy for occupants. Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest D. Davis and his staff congratulated Wartburg’s leadership for obtaining a LEED for Homes Gold Certification for the Friedrichs Residence.

The residence is an $11 million four-story building of 61 affordable senior apartments on Wartburg’s campus in Mount Vernon.

"We are extremely proud that the Wartburg has received LEED Certification status. It is a clear sign of their commitment to the environment. Also, this one act has the potential of a ripple effect, which can stabilize cost to the residents and their families," said Davis.

The building is named to honor long-time Wartburg benefactors, the late Juanita E. and Arthur M. Friedrichs of New Canaan, whose $1,000,000 bequest provided the project’s initial funding, representatives said.

“Wartburg is proud of it commitment to sustainable development,” said David J. Gentner, Wartburg’s President and CEO. “As an organization, we have learned a lot from this effort, and we look forward to bringing the benefits of this experience to other building projects in the future.”

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