NEWPORT BEACH — Many can picture the view from the top floor of the Central Library here — the Pacific in the distance, palm trees swaying in the breeze and sun streaming through the windows.
With its new Civic Center under construction next door, the city's hoping to take advantage of those natural elements.
Officials say measures like designing the buildings to receive natural light will lessen the city's impact on the environment and will save the city money in the long run
by reducing energy use. They hope these green efforts combined will qualify the Civic Center for a LEED Silver or Gold status — awards conferred by the U.S. Green Building Council.
"The nice part about the whole green process is that it's not only the right thing to do, but it also makes sense for the city," said Public Works Director Steve Badum. "Anything we can do to reduce the operating cost is important."