Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring
Center Receives Sustainability Award
Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas’ new Bennett-Rathgeber Mentoring Center
has won an Austin Energy Green Building 3-star energy award. The award honors
community structures that support a cleaner environment through efficient water
and energy use and that provide healthy, comfortable spaces for staff, clients
new mentoring center is part of the Mueller Redevelopment, a LEED Gold
Neighborhood Development certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. The
eco-friendly building opened its doors on January 25, 2016. Although the
mentoring center is four times larger than the agency’s former facility, it
takes only twice as much energy to run. A number of innovative features reduce
energy use. The facility’s core support spaces use natural light reducing the
need for artificial lighting, and an energy-efficient HVAC system reduces the
system’s run time.
on a public bus route, the building offers easy public access without a car,
reducing gas consumption and emissions.
building design also supports increased physical activity and employee
wellness. On the second floor, the Youth Activity Center provides a place for
Bigs and their Little Brothers and Sisters to relax or play games. During the
week, staff use the space to practice yoga.
Brothers Big Sisters is proud to be part of such a forward-thinking community
that supports a cleaner, healthier environment. The site of a former
municipal airport, Mueller offers a sense of community and multiple amenities.
A blend of commercial and residential spaces, the Mueller neighborhood boasts
parks, restaurants, a grocery store, apartments, and homes, all within walking
Brothers Big Sisters’ new building aligns with the agency’s mission of creating
brighter, healthier futures and outcomes for children.
award was presented to BBBS' CEO Brent Fields at a national Green Building
Sustainability Celebration held at the Bennett-Rathgeber Mentoring Center on
November 14th, 2017.
this award is such an honor,” Brent said. “We strive to maintain an
eco-friendly and sustainable environment. It’s exciting to know that this
energy efficient building is helping us to make an even greater difference in
See pictures from the award celebration here
About Big Brothers Big Sisters:
Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 1,000 children in Travis, Williamson, Hays
and Bell counties every year. For more than 46 years we have matched children,
ages 6–16, with supportive adult mentors who build friendships and offer
encouragement and support to each child, helping them discover opportunities
and build skills that lead to success in life. Last year more than 98 percent of
the children served by BBBS remained in school, improved or maintained their
grades, and avoided early parenting. Children served by our program also attend
college at rates that are twice the national average for their peers. For more
information, visit www.BigMentoring.org.
1991, Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) has been cultivating innovation in
building and transportation for the enrichment of the community’s
environmental, economic and human well-being. This mission is achieved through
green building ratings, consulting services, code advancement, education and
professional development. AEGB ratings raise the standards for energy
efficiency, water quality and conservation, community compactness and
connectedness, indoor environmental quality, material recourses and site
development. The AEGB ratings are specific to Austin and reward sustainable
building practices on a scale of one to five stars.
Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class
building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building
projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of
certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each operating system, and
teams choose the best fit for their project.