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Update On Cope Environmental Center Plans For A New Sustainable Building

Update On Cope Environmental Center Plans For A New Sustainable Building

The Cope Environmental Center (CEC) is in the pre-construction stage for a 6000 square- foot new sustainable environmental education center expected to be completed next year according to Alison Zajdel, Executive Director. This building will be a keystone project for Indiana’s bicentennial celebrations. Working with an architectural firm from Dayton, LWC, the plan is to have the first Indiana net-zero-energy building registered with the Living Building Challenge (LBC). This certification has the most rigorous green building standards in the world, even more rigorous than LEED. At this time, there are only five building in the US with the “Living Building”…
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Cope Environmental Center

Cope Environmental Center

Executive Director, Alison Zajdel with one of Cope’s many giant conifers Address: 4910 Shoemaker Road Centerville, IN 47330, Wayne County Contact Information: Alison Zajdel, Executive Director,  or 765-855-3188 Founders, Jim & Helen Cope and Fran Parks made conservation a way of life and dedicated themselves to teaching others the importance of sustainability. Each year, over 5,000 students-from pre-kindergarten to college- visit CEC to deepen their understanding of the natural world through hands-on experiences.  Wetlands, ponds, prairies, woodlands, grasslands, hardwood forests and a nationally significant collection of conifer trees are among the nature “labs” where students regain a sense of wonder. The static images and…
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Oaklyn Library Roof is a Prairie

Oaklyn Library Roof is a Prairie

Story and photo by: Aimee Blume EVANSVILLE — Hot evening sun spilled over a riot of wildflowers, insects droned and flocks of goldfinches nibbled on patches of seeding bee balm as librarian Pam Locker and Dr. Chris Hochwender of the University of Evansville walked the paths of the native prairie reconstruction at Oaklyn Branch Library on Oak Hill Road. Hochwender, who specializes in plant-herbivore interactions and teaches Environmental Science, Evolution and Ecology, and Ecology at the University of Evansville, was there to help identify native and invasive plants in the meadow. Master gardener Locker was taking note of species and varieties…
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The Efroymson Conservation Center

Indianapolis, Region #8 LEED Platinum Certified. Opened March 2010 for the Nature Conservatory Indiana. The Conservancy has been serving Hoosiers since 1959. During that time we have protected almost 70,000 acres of important natural areas and 465 miles of river banks, reforested more than 2,000 acres, restored more than 10,000 acres of wetlands, protected 12 caves and restored about 6,000 acres of prairie. Our conservation work is reflected in the values that drove the design of our building: sustainable offices that will carry us forward far into the future so that we may protect vital natural areas across our state…
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Moss Construction Cost Management

St. Auburn, Region #2 Offers proactive guidance and control for all types of commercial construction projects. Serving public and private owners, architects, engineers and contractors, we specialize in: Sustainability Consulting – LEED audit, LEED certification, documentation, energy optimization, life-cycle cost analysis Cost Management – cost estimates (including SUCCESS & MCACES), cost-benefit analysis, value engineering, cost modeling, feasibility studies Project Management – owner representation, due diligence, construction administration, project controls Contact Information: 260-925-3416 +305 www.mosscost.com