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Case Studies & Cocktails at Liberty Wildlife

GBCI: 0920014503

This case study analyzes Liberty Wildlife which achieved a Platinum Certification under LEED v2009 for New Construction in May, 2017. The case study will include a 60 minute presentation and tour of the campus.
Eligible for 0.5 CE HOURS.
  • 0.5 CE



Liberty Wildlife’s new campus transformed a former sand and gravel pit into an innovative environmental facility with a restored riparian habitat. Located in south Phoenix on the banks of the Rio Salado habitat, the campus continues the transformation of heavily industrialized sites along the river into a community gathering space. The new campus demonstrates Liberty Wildlife’s commitment to environmental leadership with a LEED Platinum certification. Energy efficiency is a strong feature of the design with energy models showing the facility operating 87% more energy efficient than baseline models. The 80.4kW roof-mounted PV array provides an estimated 80% of the annual energy demand. Water conservation strategies include 28,000 gallon cisterns that capture approximately 90,000 gallons of rainwater annually for irrigation. This and other water conservation strategies have resulted in a 63% reduction in potable water needs.


  1. Study the transformation of the brownfield site along the south bank of the Rio Salado into an innovative environmental facility with a restored riparian habitat.
  2. Identify water conservation strategies including the construction of 28,000 gallon cisterns that capture rainwater for landscape irrigation and wetland habitat development.
  3. Identify energy conservation strategies as well as renewable energy strategies that enabled the facility to operate more efficiently than baseline models.
  4. Highlight environmental education programs and wildlife rehabilitation programs provided by Liberty Wildlife.
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USGBC Arizona
Phoenix, AZ
United States


Philip Weddle

Weddle Gilmore