Sustainability

A cottage made from wood and stone with an asymmetrical design among trees with leaves in autumn colors in sunny weather

Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architect

Monona Terrace honors the legacy of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright through its sustainability initiatives. Before the world was talking about green buildings, Wright pioneered an organic approach that employed local materials and solar orientation. His designs reflected the landscape and created an intimate relationship between humans and nature. Wright first envisioned Monona Terrace at its present site in 1938­. His dream became a reality 59 years later.

A circle gold plaque logo for Leed Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 2015, with a leaf visible in black background

US Green Building Council’s LEED-EB Award

In November 2015, Monona Terrace was certified as a “green building” at the Gold Level by the U.S. Green Building Council’s prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) program. Monona Terrace was previously certified at the Silver Level in 2007. This award recognizes the continued efforts of Monona Terrace to promote a whole-building approach to sustainability.

EARTH FRIENDLY IS CUSTOMER FRIENDLY

Sustainability at Monona Terrace

Monona Terrace and Monona Catering have been in partnership with UW Wisconsin’s WE CONSERVE composting program since August 2010. The project annually diverts about 20 tons of organic kitchen waste from landfills, reducing the production of methane into the atmosphere. The organic materials are then recycled into a nutrient-rich soil a