Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton in Georgia received a gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for healthcare rating system. LEED certification measures NGMC Braselton’s water and energy use, sustainability, indoor environment quality, material and resource use, and more.

NCMC Braselton made efforts to reduce energy use by 35 percent and reduce water use by 33 percent compared to similar hospitals. Geothermal wells use the ground to heat and cool the hospital. Eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and the use of fossil fuels reduced the building’s carbon footprint. LED lighting and Energy Star rated appliances and equipment reduce energy consumption. Rainwater has been repurposed. And 92 percent of the waste during construction was recycled.