YMCA of the Rockies is LEED Certified
LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, “is an internationally recognized green building certification system… developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).” LEED uses a third-party to verify “that a building… was designed and built using strategies that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.”
The LEED New Construction rating system is based on a 100-point system with four passing categories: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. For their most recently constructed lodges at Estes Park Center, YMCA of the Rockies received one Silver and two Gold certifications.
During the construction process, YMCA was also awarded a bronze-level Gold Hard Hat by McGraw Hill/Colorado Construction Magazine.
YMCA of the Rockies began operating summer encampments in 1907 and has since grown to include two distinct vacation destination centers and a dedicated summer camp. The two main destinations have small and large cabins, lodge rooms, and family reunion-style lodges available to rent as well as a dining room, restaurants, and cafes for meals. YMCA of the Rockies strives to be the leading affordable family vacation destination and provides many free activities for their guests as well as service and religious opportunities.