Hats off to Lux Art Institute, which recently became the first art museum in California to be awarded LEED certification for new construction, and the first LEED-certified art museum in San Diego County for energy use, lighting, water, and material use, as well as a variety of additional sustainable strategies. LEED-certified buildings reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment. “Lux Art Institute’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” notes Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Lux serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.” (760/436-6611, www.luxartinstitute.org)   MIA STEFANKO