Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) received first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its Cruise Terminal 4. The terminal underwent a lot of energy-efficient improvements over the past year, when it was completely renovated and expanded.

LEED is a U.S. Green Building Council program for certification that recognizes best building practices and strategies. To receive such certification, a building project must satisfy certain prerequisites and earn points.

The features that made Cruise Terminal 4 eligible for certification include:

  • Use of regional materials (produced within 500 miles of the terminal);
  • Recycled asphalt and concrete used in the construction;
  • Energy-efficient windows and air conditioning;
  • Energy-efficient lighting, both inside and outside, and use of natural lighting within Terminal 4;
  • Remote control of the air conditioning and lighting systems, part of port's energy management program;
  • Low volatile organic compounds (VOC) products used for coating, flooring, adhesives and paints;
  • Low-water usage toilets and fixtures.

Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director, Steven Cernak, said they had decided to renovate the terminal specifically to comply with LEED guidelines as the certification was recognized widely and supported "Broward County's sustainability efforts to make buildings more energy efficient and invest in renewable and alternative energy technologies".