Capital Health was awarded LEED Gold certification Dec.19.

The U.S. Green Building Council certified the building and Green Building Certification Institute verified it.

“The Capital Health project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come,” U.S. Green Building Council CEO and founding chair, Rick Fedrizzi, said.

Fedrizzi said by using fewer resources LEED certified buildings save taxpayers money as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a healthier environment for patients.

Capital Health achieved LEED certification for energy, lighting, water and material use. The hospital’s LEED elements include water efficient landscaping, use of regional materials, light pollution reduction and use of PVC free and low VOC finishes on all painted surfaces

Capital Health president and CEO Al Maghazehe said the certification is part of the medical center’s goal to create a better atmosphere for people using the hospital.

“From the very beginning of planning for Capital Health Medical Center Hopewell, the goal was to create a healthier environment for patients, visitors, and staff, and to be environmentally responsible,” Maghazehe said. “This progressive healing environment provides important emotional support for patients while practicing environmentally sustainable principles.”

According to Beckers Hospital Review there are 28 hospitals in the country with gold or platinum LEED certification.