From left to right: Ward 2 Councillor Susan Myers, Sault Mayor Debbie Amaroso, Ward 1 Councillor Steve Butland, Algoma Public Health Chair Guido Caputo, Ward 5 Councillor Marchy Bruni and City Chief Administrative Officer Joe Fratesi acknowledging a LEED Gold designation for the APH building on Willow Avenue at Monday’s Council meeting
It’s quite a change after spending the better part of four decades in the Civic Centre building. Doctor Allan Northan of Algoma Public Health addressed City Council on Monday about the LEED gold designation given to the new APH building on Willow Street. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — the building was constructed to have greater energy efficiency with the potential for wind and solar energy. Northan described the past situation where Algoma Public Health were ‘poor cousins’ paying rent month to month. One of the members of council APH reps gave credit to for the LEED designation was Steve Butland, a longtime supporter of local environmental initiatives. Credit was also given to Ward 2 councillor Susan Myers, who suggested that the project be submitted as a candidate for infrastructure funding, which it received approval for some months later. The three storey facility on Willow Avenue is said to be the first LEED project in Algoma and only the second in Northern Ontario.