LEED/ Sustainable Sites Initiative Certification
The main Pavilion will be certified at the Gold level under the US Green Building Council's LEED rating system. The Pavilion's features include geothermal heating and cooling, vegetated roof surfaces, water reuse systems, and energy/water monitoring dashboard systems.
Canal Park is also a candidate for certification under the Sustainable Sites Initiative. The Sustainable Sites initiative is a joint effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the United States Botanic Garden, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It is a certification program similar to LEED but for landscapes, and is currently in the pilot phase.
Storm Water Management/Water Reuse
One of the most important of the many sustainable design strategies incorporated into Canal Park design is the extensive storm water collection and reuse system. Through the use of the linear rain garden, Low Impact Design tree pits, and approximately 80,000 gallons of underground cistern capacity,almost all of the storm water runoff generated by the park will be captured, treated, and reused to satisfy up to 95% of the park’s water needs for irrigation, fountain water, toilet flushing, and ice rink water. In addition, new street infrastructure will allow surrounding buildings to send rainwater into the Canal Park cisterns, creating a truly neighborhood scale storm water management system. The design will save approximately 1.5 million gallons of potable water each year and prevent combined sewer overflows from polluting the Anacostia River during heavy rains.
100% of water falling on site and pavilions and much of the water collected from the rooftops of buildings adjacent to the Park will be collected in underground cisterns located at the southern end of the Park. The water will be filtered through a large rain garden along the eastern edge of the Park and reused for irrigation, fountain and ice rink water, and toilet flushing in the Pavilion. Tree boxes and bio swales will also provide filtration for street-level runoff surrounding the Park.
Electric Car Charging Stations/Bicycle Parking
The Park design includes infrastructure for electric car charging stations and plentiful bicycle parking racks.
Prior to construction, CPDA maintained the grass on the future Park site with emissions free, battery-powered equipment and will continue to do so after the Park is completed. CPDA is committed to minimizing the use of synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
LEED/Sustainable Sites Initiative Certification.
OLIN led a multidisciplinary team on consultants in the creation of this catalytic urban park.
Government of the District of Columbia, Vincent Gray, Mayor