Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce funding to make the Eastern Dutchess Government Center in Millbrook the first County-owned “GREEN” building is now finalized. With the County Legislature’s support of his initiative in place, County Executive Steinhaus can now move this green project forward. The $648,420 in funding the Executive proposed will provide building improvements including a geo-thermal heating and cooling system and enable Dutchess County Government to pursue LEED Silver Certification for the building by providing for additional “green” building features such as use of regional building materials and low-emitting products.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “I am thrilled to be taking such a major step forward with the Dutchess Goes Green agenda. Striving for LEED Silver Certification for the Eastern Dutchess Government shows our continued commitment to our environment. I am confident we will inspire other builders in government and private business to follow our ‘LEED.’ ”
County Executive Steinhaus first announced plans to include the geo-thermal system in his January 2007 State of the County Address “Dutchess Goes Green.” The geo-thermal system allows a building to take advantage of the natural stable temperature stored in the earth and use it for heating and cooling. Geo-thermal systems offer one of the most efficient ways to condition a building. Energy savings to property taxpayers for the Eastern Dutchess County Government Center are estimated at about $35,000 per year.
A geo-thermal system is also being considered for the County’s soon to be expanded Emergency Operations Center on Creek Road in Poughkeepsie. Design plans are currently being reviewed to incorporate a geo-thermal system into the final construction plan. Once plans and cost estimates are finalized, a resolution will be sent to the County Legislature for approval. Construction of the Emergency Operations Center is anticipated to begin later this year.
“We are committed to do more to protect the environment that sustains us. Dutchess County Government has made thinking “green” part of the way we operate on a daily basis,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.