Environmentally-Friendly Nature Center to be Built

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san-elijo-lagoon-conservancy.gifIf any one thing in this world makes sense, it would be this! Nature centers, whose whole purpose is to be a venue where people can enjoy and learn about nature, should be built with the environment-at-large in mind. It’s nice to see this concept catching on.

A new solar-powered nature center in San Elijo, California, will be constructed near a large wetland area where some 700 species of plants and animals reside, some of which are threatened or endangered. The building will be constructed re-using materials from the existing building on the site and insulated with recycled blue jeans. It will be cooled naturally via lovely ocean breezes. Lumber will come from sustainably managed forests. Even the roof will be green.

This center will play a crucial role in teaching people that wetlands need protection, especially in California where 90% of its coastal wetlands have been hastily disturbed by overdevelopment. Surprising in such an eco-minded state! I wouldn’t mind joining other nature lovers at the center at the end of next year when it is expected to be completed.

Source: SignOnSanDiego.com

Tag(s): Going Green, Green Building, The Great Green Outdoors


2 Responses to “Environmentally-Friendly Nature Center to be Built”

  1. Jim McCall on November 23rd, 2007 1:50 am

    The nature center is actually located in Encinitas, CA, not San Elijo, on the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, between Encinitas and Solana Beach; about 20 miles north of San Diego. The Reserve is bisected by Interstate 5.

  2. Joyce on November 23rd, 2007 5:33 pm

    Thank you for your comment. I didn’t realize that.

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