The Laurance S. Rockefellar Preserve was designed as a model for environmental stewardship within the National Park System. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Platinum LEED Certification, the highest level of achievement, to the Preserve.
The Preserve reduced its energy costs by 78% compared to a typical building by choosing energy efficient systems such as R-Control SIPs (structural insulated panels), geothermal heating, and photovoltaic panels. The Preserve promotes a whole building approach to sustainable development. Key areas that were considered are site development, water savings, sustainable recycled materials, and indoor environmental quality.