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Continuing its role as a pioneer in sustainable workplaces, the National Audubon Society earned a LEED® Platinum Certification for its new eco-friendly headquarters in New York City. The 27,500 square foot rental space at 225 Varick Street received the highest point total of any commercial interior in the world evaluated by the U.S. Green Building Council. Audubon's redesign of the space was completed for only 10 percent above the cost of less environmentally friendly modifications. Its green improvements will pay for themselves in 10-15 years, depending on energy costs. Audubon has a history of environmentally sustainable design, having renovated the first green building in New York City in 1992, before the USGBC established LEED criteria. Green building practices have also been employed at many of the venerable non-profit's facilities across the nation, including several LEED certified Audubon Nature Centers. More at www.audubon.org