Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center on ClimateWire

From ClimateWire.net, a story about the sustainable design and use at President Lincoln’s Cottage, with a focus on the Visitor Education Center, which received LEED Gold in April 2009.

Lincoln’s summer home offers a lesson in green building

WASHINGTON — One hundred fifty years ago, there wasn’t much public officials in this city could do to escape the stifling August heat but steal away to leafy retreats on the city’s fringes. For three years of his presidency, Abraham Lincoln did just that. Without air conditioning, his cottage’s designers had to be clever — using methods that the National Trust for Historic Preservation says still offer wisdom for the battle against climate change.

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