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San Francisco’s Exploratorium Awarded LEED® Platinum Certification

For Immediate Release:
January 10, 2014

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San Francisco’s Exploratorium Awarded LEED® Platinum Certification

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The Exploratorium today announced that its facility at Pier 15 has been awarded LEED® Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings, and the most recognized third-party verification system for green buildings. 

The Exploratorium’s project application was filed under the US Green Building Council's "LEED for New Construction v.2009" rating system, and is one of six projects in San Francisco to receive the platinum rating under this system.  To view the Exploratorium’s LEED scorecard visit http://www.usgbc.org/projects/exploratorium-piers-1517.

In September 2012 the Exploratorium announced its intent to become the largest net-zero energy use museum in the U.S., if not the world, at its new home at San Francisco’s Pier 15. On April 17, 2013 the Exploratorium opened its 330,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space on Pier 15, and since then has been monitoring energy efficiency and tinkering with systems in order to fulfill that goal. The achievement of LEED Platinum certification is a consequence of the Exploratorium’s efforts toward sustainable construction, operations and the continued work toward a net zero energy goal.

 “LEED Platinum certification sets the stage for us to continue on with our sustainability goals as we work towards achieving net-zero energy,” says Shani Krevsky, Exploratorium Campus Project Director. 

To learn more about the Exploratorium’s net zero energy goals, and its 1.3-megawatt SunPower solar power system and Bay Water Heating and Cooling System, please see the Exploratorium Net Zero Press Kit. 

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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