GREEN BOOKS – The first and only LEED® Gold library in the State of Michigan, Hastings Library paves the way for sustainable library design. The building envelope relates to the building’s Main Street USA context while still providing energy savings over the standard level building. Other sustainable design features include sun screens for daylight control, a four-element, high-efficiency window system, light shelves to bounce daylight deep into the interior, high-performance roof and wall systems, a low-velocity floor discharge heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system, high-efficiency lighting and plumbing fixtures, a recycle center for library waste; a rain garden for filtering site contaminants, and roof garden. Recycled, refurbished and sustainable materials are used throughout the library, including carpeting, chairs, desks, and wall coverings. A prime example of the importance of a productivity culture, the Hastings Library proves that great design can be both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly with the right team.