BOCA RATON, FL – The City of Boca Raton Public Library was awarded a LEED Silver Certification plaque in recognition of the Downtown Library’s designation as a green building. Ian Nestler, AIA, LEED AP, of PGAL presented the plaque to the Boca Raton City Council on May 11, 2015. An award-winning planner and designer, Nestler is a strong proponent of sustainable and green design initiatives, and leads PGAL’s Florida operations. He worked with the city’s library employees, Friends of the Library and community members to design the 42,000-sq.-ft. facility to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) specifications. LEED is a green building certification program of the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED-certified buildings are reported to save money and resources, and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy. LEED certification is recognized around the world as the premier mark of achievement in green building. The Downtown Library, which opened to the public in June 2013, is twice the size of the original library and features many green elements, including efficient heating and cooling systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures and water-efficient irrigation. The LEED Silver Certification plaque will be on prominent display at the library until June 5 and then permanently installed at the library, located at 400 NW 2nd Avenue.