Alexandria, Virginia (September 25, 2014) – Catholic Charities USA, one of the nation’s largest networks of faith-based social service providers, has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council for building a national office that demonstrates the organization’s commitment to care for creation and promote a sustainable future for all.
Catholic Charities USA opened the William R. Fry Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2012, and recently received LEED Gold certification by the national council for its “showcase example of sustainable design and leadership in transforming the building industry.”
“In securing a home for our organization, it was important not only to find a building that would serve as a home, but one that could be an example of faithful stewardship of God’s creation,” said Fr. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA. “Through environmentally-sensitive techniques and being mindful of our long-term impact, we can do our part to safeguard a healthy climate for all of God’s children, especially those living on the margins of society.”
The building was constructed with a number of environmentally-friendly features, including low-water use fixtures and energy-efficient lighting, heating, and air conditioning. In addition, the construction of the building was consciously driven toward sustainability, with practices such as
salvaging and recycling 85 percent of construction waste. The building is furnished with reused furniture and promotes alternatives to single-driver commuting through public transportation access, bicycle racks, and shower facilities for those who chose to walk or bike to work.
“This award is an affirmation of our commitment to a better and more sustainable future,” said Fr. Snyder. “We will continue to find ways to be good stewards of our environment as we carry on our work to end poverty in America. This building will serve as our organization’s home for the foreseeable future, and it’s a home that we can be proud of.”