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Norwalk's Stepping Stones Celebrates Its Greenness

Lauren Yarmuth saw the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in a different light Wednesday morning. "It's wonderful to see kids flooding into the museum," said the co-founder and principal of YRG Sustainability. She has been accustomed to seeing the museum in a construction phase.

Yarmuth was there to unveil a symbol of that effort: a LEED Gold Certification plaque presented by the Green Building Council. The award ranks the museum as one of only three public buildings in Connecticut to reach this milestone.

"I've had the opportunity to work on green buildings all over the world pursuing this certification and this is a very unique project for a number of reasons," she said. "Certainly it stands as an example of best practice sustainability of design and print.

“It also, because of its educational component, because it is touching so many individuals in such a powerful and tactile way, it becomes an emblem of what the future is  going to be carrying forth and what we are giving to [te children] and what they will hopefully be giving back to us."

The newly renovated and expanded museum uses recycled materials, and features solar panels, a green roof and a wind turbine, producing more electricity than it needs and sending it back into the grid.

"Pursuing and achieving this certification is a natural extension of our mission, which is to broaden and enrich educational opportunities for our children and to enhance our understanding of the world," said Chief Operating Officer Kevin Carter. "It helped us to look deeper at our facility as a living thing and to seize new teaching opportunities."

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