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Sustainability

The original Blair Building was the first registered LEED Green Building in the state of Arkansas. From long-term strategic vision to daily departmental efforts, every function of the library is viewed through the lens of sustainability. FPL actively works to be a net-zero energy facility. All our programs and efforts are not only a way to do our part, but also to educate our patrons and spark curiosity.  

Green Roof

3,000 square-foot green roof space home to over 10,000 individual plants provides the following: 

- Reduction of stormwater runoff and the Urban Heat Island effect 

- Increased thermal performance through geothermal insulation of the building envelope 

- Home to sustainability-focused programming including beekeeping, landscape and gardening practices, and building design practices. 

Full list of plants on our Green Roof 


Native Landscaping

The City of Fayetteville is continuously named in the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program, and FPL aims to model that example. That is why we have chosen native landscaping that supports the local ecosystem. Everything about our landscaping was done with intention – trees are planted away from hardscapes so their root system can grow, and the use of permeable pavement and engineered soil under sidewalks allow for healthy tree growth 

Meet our trees 

The large post oak to the east of FPL stands around 70 feet tall and covers approximately 3,200 square feet. The trunk is 10 feet in circumference. FPL has taken great care to ensure its survival through its construction projects. It was even named the 2021 Amazing Tree by the City of Fayetteville’s Urban Forestry staff and Urban Forestry Advisory Board.  

More Information on Our Plants and Trees


Bees

On the southeast corner of the third floor of FPL, you’ll find three beehives donated by Hogeye Honey. They are managed by master beekeeper Ed Levi. With 60,000 bees per hive at their fullest, they will help pollinate local flowers and plants. An exhibit and selection of books help families learn about bees and their importance to the ecosystem. 

Solar

We use solar panels located on the roof of the Blair Library as part of our goal to utilize environmentally-friendly strategies in building and operating the library.Our solar panels generate 6% of the energy usage of the building. 

 

Expansion Features:  

- 70% decrease in energy leakage  

- 66% improvement in energy usage per square foot  

- 50% reduction in lighting wattage per square foot 

- Minimized airborne contaminants thanks to the use of concrete 

- Stormwater management