Denali National Park’s Green Visitor Center Welcomes Tourists

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Denali National Park’s green visitor centerThe new Eielson Visitor Center in the heart of Denali National Park, Alaska, has been awarded the highest level of LEED achievement from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Center received its Platinum rating for adherence to strict environmental standards integrated into its construction.

The facility, aimed at welcoming visitors to the wondrous beauty of nature, also respects the environment through the use of several eco-friendly strategies. It receives its electricity from photovoltaics, hydroelectric power, and a propane-fired generator. Local, regional, recycled, and rapidly renewable building materials were specifically chosen to keep The Center sustainable. Daylighting and passive solar techniques were employed to reduce the need for artificial lighting. Even materials from the demolished old visitor center on the site were used in the new building.

The new Center has a larger panoramic view of the highest mountain in North America, Mount McKinley, and the stunning surrounding landscape.

Source: Alaska Journal of Commerce

Tag(s): For Kids, Green Building, Green Travel, The Great Green Outdoors

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