Here's some great news about the East Portland Aquatic Center. If you haven't visited, we highly recommend it. (Photos and info here.) The facility is absolutely amazing. 

Here's more info about the facility's LEED Platinum designation from Portland Parks and Recreation:

East Portlanders can now officially boast they have the first "green" pool in the nation to receive LEED Platinum recognition. The new aquatics center at East Portland Community Center (EPCC), which opened in March, has formally received the LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Portland Parks & Recreation staff received notice of the certification today.

"This recognition furthers Portland's reputation, both nationally and internationally, as a leader in sustainable building practices," said Parks Commissioner Nick Fish. "I want to acknowledge that my predecessor as Commissioner in charge of Parks, Dan Saltzman, championed sustainable practices for this project. This is a tremendous achievement for Portland, and especially for the residents of east Portland. Swimming in this state-of-the-art aquatics center will not only be healthy for us, but healthy for our environment, as well."

The EPCC aquatics center features one of Portland's largest solar arrays, while reducing energy use by up to 74 percent and water use by 54 percent over national standards. An innovative spa water reuse system also prevents 1,700 gallons per week from entering the sewer system, while an advanced pool filtration system will save at least one million gallons of water a year.

"We promised the citizens of east Portland a state-of-the-art pool within an environment-friendly building" noted Zari Santner, Director of Portland Parks & Recreation. "We're proud that the innovative design, the green features designed into the building, and the operation systems has achieved this excellent rating."

Located at 740 SE 106th Avenue, the 24,000-square-foot addition on the backside of the center houses three pools - a conventional lap pool for serious exercise buffs, a warm-water leisure pool for seniors and young children, and a whirlpool spa.

Among the features which lifted the pool to LEED Platinum status:

* Rooftop solar photovoltaic panels that generate 15% of the community center's energy needs and include a solar hot water heating used to preheat water for showers.

* 100% of stormwater is retained and treated on-site.

* 30% potable water savings from low flow showers with metered controls, and low flow faucets.

* Innovative pool filters significantly reduce the chlorine needed to treat the water and reduce the amount of water used by as much as one million gallons annually.

* Structural materials used as finish materials throughout, reduce the material usage by 25% when compared to a typical building.

* Heat recovered from air exhausted from the pool is used to heat the pool water.

* Light monitors facing north and south maximize natural illumination and reduce energy used by electric lighting by 60%.

* Diversion of over 95% of construction waste from landfill through extensive recycling.

In addition, the pool is also be a friendly, inviting place for children and people using wheelchairs. A zero depth entry allows a gently sloping access for those who need it to safely enter the water.

About LEED
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, is a non-profit organization committed to cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating SystemTM "encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria."

LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. In Portland, new buildings in the city must meet Gold LEED standards.