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Audubon Nature Center at Debs Park is Certified as Nation's Most Environmentally Friendly Building (January 2004)
Type: Case Study
Summary: This press release from Toyota identifies features and design components found in the Audubon Nature Center at Debs Park. Toyota partnered with the Los Angeles Audubon Center to assist in implementing sustainable design.
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Benjamin Olewine III Nature Center, Wildwood Lake Sanctuary, Pennsylvania
Type: Case Study
Summary: Designed with environmental responsibility as a key criterion, the 12,000 square foot Benjamine Olewine III Nature Center at Wildwood Lake Sanctuary was added to the growing list of green buildings in central Pennsylvania in 1999. This report identifes site is...
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Camp Arroyo Environmental Education Center
Type: Case Study
Summary: State-of-the-art sustainable design principles were integrated into the process from the initial demolition of an existing building. On-site demolition and recycling of the old foundations lead to energy efficient design complete with "solar energy for water a...
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Green Building Rating System for Existing Buildings
Type: Manual/Handbook
Summary: Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Sustainabile Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy, and Operations/Maintenance and Upgrades are all considered when qualifying an existing building for LEED certification. This 122-page pdf provides guidelines...
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Green Building Technology at Hartley Nature Center, Duluth, Minnesota
Type: Case Study - Fact sheet
Summary: "All buildings have an impact on the environment. They consume natural resources when constructed. Pollution is generated when building materials are manufactured. The building's energy use also causes environmental impacts. "Green building" means minimizing t...
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Green Exhibits
Type: Web site
Summary: Learn how the Children's Museum in Madison, WI, creates green exhibits for sustainable futures. Their concepts include how to begin, plan, develop, build, connect and dream.
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Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Author Edmund C. Snodgrass and Lucie L. Snodgrass

ISBN 10:0-88192-787-2

Non-fiction, handbook This provides a practical, indispensable reference guide for anyone involved in developing a Green Roof garden. Anyone includes archite...

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Kohl Children's Museum
Type: Case Study
Summary: The Kohl Children's Museum supports good stewardship and has taken efforts to create an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient facility. They have submitted their building for Silver-level certification as a LEED building.
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Morris Arboretum Permeable Parking Lot
Type: Case Study
Summary: The permeable parking lot at Morris Arboretum serves as an example for sustainable design in parking lots.
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Nature Center at Shaker Lakes Green Building. The
Type: Case Study
Summary: "The planning for the new building focused on sustainable building practices, commonly called “green building.” Though the current building is substantially remodeled inside, as many parts as possible are reused in the new building. Demolition materials were s...
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New Building for connecting to nature at Shaker Lakes
Type: Case Study
Summary: "The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes recent $2 million building project remodeled and expanded the center to add classroom space, a long-needed elevator and a visitor experience area. The goal of the renovation was to follow the center's mission of conservation...
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North Carolina Botanic Gardens Platinum LEED Rating
Summary: The North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill received a 2004 Sustainable Business Awared for their efforts to promote sustainable development and conservation within the state.
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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Type: Case Study
Summary: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago was the winner of the First Naitonal Green Roof Infrastructure Conference Award for a retrofitted intensive green roof. This 2,000 square foot roof is a savannah and meadow combination roofmeadow landscape.
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Pine Jog's Model Schools Program
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: This innovative program developed by Pine Jog Environmental Education Center in 1995 in partnership with the Palm Beach County School District links environmental education with educational reform. The primary goal of the program is to improve student achievem...
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Planning a Sustainable Site, Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Chespeake Bay
Type: Case Study
Summary: Learn how this award winning center proceeded. They provide information on planning a sustainable site, improving energy efficiency, conserving materials and resources, enhancing indoor environmental quality, conserving water, planning for the future and reco...
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Science House at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Type: Case Study - Web site
Summary: Science House is not only a versatile program space but a true environmental experiment; because it is designed to operate as a zero-emissions building (ZEB). ZEBs produce all of their its energy needs on an annual basis.
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Shorebird Nature Center, Berkeley, CA
Type: Case Study
Summary: The Shorebird Nature Center used straw bale construction and use of recycled and salvaged materials in the design of their nature center. They integrated passive solar design, built integrated photovoltaics and took advantage of a number of energy saving desig...
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Sustainable Elements at IslandWood on Brainbridge Island, Puget Sound
Type: Case Study
Summary: One of the newer nature centers within the community features many of the mewest design features in energy conservation, recycling, alternative energy, resource management. An outline of features for the center and for specific buildings is provided as well a...
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Sustainable Landscapes and Buildings
Type: Case Study - Web site
Summary: Master Plan, current projects, identification of sustainable systems, press releases and additional resources are offered. Queens Botanical Garden states that "Sustainable practices in design, construction, and operations are at the heart of the Queens Botani...
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Sweetwater Creek Visitor's Center and Museum
Type: Case Study
Summary: In 2003 plans were unveiled for the new Sweetwater Creek visitor's Center and Museum in Georgia. Features of the building will integrate LEED Certification. The Certification process has a detailed checklist that includes everything from site selection to r...
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Toolbox for Parks and Resource Managers
Type: Article/Report - Web site
Summary: Green Museum online offers a toolbox for parks and resource managers who are interested in using environmental art to help address land stewardship issues. They have provided a few insightful resources. Follow some of their links back to artists and communit...
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Walking the Environmental Talk, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center's Green Building
Type: Case Study
Summary: "Hailed as one of the most environmentally sensitive -- or sustainable -- buildings in the nation, the Center is striving for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, to be determined later this...
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Westwood Nature Center Roofmeadow
Type: Case Study
Summary: A flower carpet roofmeadow was installed on the Westwood Nature Center in Chagrin, Ohio, in 2002.
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