First Tribal Community Adopts Green Building Guidelines
The EPA reported that Kayenta Township, a political subdivision of the Navajo Nation, in Arizona is the first tribal community in the country to adopt the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) -- guidelines to help reduce the environmental impact of building.
“As one of the first communities to adopt this code, Kayenta Township is forging a path for sustainable development,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Their commitment to green building design will not only protect the public health, but water and energy savings means precious local resources will be preserved.”
“The IGCC is put in place for the community to save on energy costs, encouraging wise use of the water supply, safeguarding the depletion of natural resources, and the energy codes will be used to regulate future development practices,” said Philbert Tso, Building Official for the Township.