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DECEMBER 11, 2008

The Boston Children's Museum

Photo credit: Morgen Murphy

Izz

Posted by: Izz
7:23am

I found someplace really cool for us to visit over winter vacation!

Izz's Dad

Posted by: Dad
7:35am

Where's that, Izz?

Izz

Posted by: Izz
7:39am

The Boston Children's Museum.

Dex

Posted by: Dex
7:42am

Boston in December? Cool! Well, more like freezing!

Izz

Posted by: Izz
7:53am

Ha, ha. No, the museum is cool because they made it bigger, better, and greener all at the same time. It even received the US Green Building Council's LEED Gold Certification.

Dex

Posted by: Dex
7:56am

Does that mean that it sold a lot of records?

The Boston Children's Museum

Photo credit: Morgen Murphy

Izz

Posted by: Izz
8:07am

It means that it did tons of stuff to make its building more environmentally friendly, like putting on green roofs, adding those toilets that use less water, building with recycled materials made by local manufacturers, and using floor-to-ceiling windows to let in lots of natural light and reduce the amount of energy needed for lighting and heating.

Izz's Dad

Posted by: Dad
8:09am

"LEED" stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and getting certified means you made a huge commitment to green design, building, and operation. The US Council on Green Building has a rating system in place to help designers and builders figure out how to make their projects green.

Dex

Posted by: Dex
8:18am

The green stuff does sound pretty cool, but ... is there a green "Middle Schooler's Awesome Museum of Video Games and Really Disgusting Bugs" anywhere?

Izz

Posted by: Izz
8:22am

Sorry, cousin, you're out of luck there. But don't worry, we can always leave you home with Hoyt.

Dex

Posted by: Dex
8:27am

When do we leave?