Welcome to the Guardian Building

The Guardian Building (i.e., Guardian) is home organizations made up of dedicated, experienced child advocacy professionals involved in systems transformation through legal clinics, trauma-informed care training, research, classroom teaching, public policy initiatives and legal services. The Zero Abuse Project and Jacob Wetterling Resource Center are Saint Paul, Minnesota based 501(c)3 non-profits with missions to educate professionals and students to effectively prevent, recognize and respond to child maltreatment. The law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates PA is widely recognized as the nation’s premier law firm to represent victims of childhood sexual abuse. Together these organizations occupy the Guardian.

Greening the Guardian

In addition to preventing violence against children, the child protection professionals of the Guardian believe that we need to stop abusing our environment. For this reason, the Guardian has undertaken an ambitious effort to redevelop into a state-of-the-art green building. To accomplish this the Guardian has pursued three green initiatives: a biosolar roof, historic preservation and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Biosolar Roof

Perhaps the most innovative aspect of greening at the Guardian is the attempt to marry green roof and solar photovoltaic technologies for the first time in our region, and on a building built in 1890 no less!

Historic Preservation

Reusing, refurbishing and reinvesting in our historic building, as well as the infrastructure that feeds into it is the most significant greening strategy undertaken at the Guardian.


LEED Certification

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.