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    Woodward Iowa-1st Green Certified Site in the Nation

    In this blog post, we spoke to Julie Johnson of Greater Dallas County Development. Julie headed up the new and first Green Certified Site in Woodward Iowa. Last week, we discussed the macro level amenities needed to attract those ‘green” companies. Here, Julie gives us insight into details about what makes Woodward so unique.

    The Dallas County Woodward Eco Business Park as a Certified Green Business Park is the first in the State of Iowa as well as the first in the United States.  Forward-thinking created the recognition of the importance of environmentally sensitive design in an effort to reduce the impact of the future development footprint in our environment.

    First, like all certified sites, due diligence reports are required. These included :

    • Phase I Report
    • Floristic Quality Assessment
    • Wetlands Delineation Report
    • S. Fish & Wildlife Species report
    • Archeological and Historical Report
    • Geotech Report
    • Topography Study

    Three additional studies were done. These were:

    • Energy Utilization
    • Ground Heat Exchange
    • Wind & Solar Study

    Next, a new zoning district was created for the sustainable site, E-1 Eco-Business Park and protective covenants were put in place. These are:

    • Tenants must utilize green infrastructure practices to infiltrate, evapotranspire, capture and reuse the water quality volume to maintain or restore natural hydrology
    • Harvest, treat and reuse rainwater and/or greywater to meet a portion for the project’s water needs
    • Avoid conventional irrigation and use native vegetation that minimizes water usage
    • Tenants must maintain a 100-foot buffer around existing high-quality wetlands for parking and building developments
    • Provide priority parking for carpooling
    • Incorporate charging stations for electric vehicles into site layout and build the utility conduits for the infrastructure at the time of facility construction to proactively prepare for installation as demand grows
    • Tenants must incorporate into their site plan the pedestrian and bike access ways that are planned throughout the interior of the park and to the park boundaries
    • Provide access to shower/locker areas and bike parking/storage
    • Tenants must design and construct facilities to LEED certification standards
    • Tenants must meet the standards of the Model Lighting Ordinance by the International Dark Sky Association and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
    • Participate in a renewable energy purchase program offered by the electrical service provider OR use onsite renewable energy systems to offset 5% of facility energy costs
    • Institute recycling program
    • Adopt measures to reduce heat islands either through non-roof methods, such as shade with plants or architectural structures, or roof methods such as highly reflective or vegetated roofs

    Thank you, Julie, for providing us with insight into the work it takes to prepare a site for Green Business.

    Next, we will explore what green businesses look for in a new existing buildings.

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