Navajo Nation community adopts green building code

Kayenta, Arizona (AP) April 2011

The U.S. Environmental Agency says a Navajo community is forging a path for sustainable development by adopting a green building code.

The EPA says the Kayenta Township is the first tribal community in the country to do so.

The International Green Construction Code is aimed at reducing the environmental impact of construction projects.

A vocational school will be the first project using the building code. ItÂ’s scheduled to be complete in September.

Kayenta officials adopted the code with the protection of conservation areas and agricultural land in mind.

The community south of Monument Valley, Utah, has about 5,000 residents.