Must-See Green American Landmarks

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As I sit here in southeastern Pennsylvania on an unusually cold and snowy day, I am day-dreaming about warm, sunny places. It’s the perfect time to take a look at Travel & Leisure’s Top 10 Must-See Green American Landmarks. I wouldn’t mind being in sunny 78-degree Santa Monica, California right now where the colorful Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure (pictured here) stands as a beacon of green innovation.

This unique parking garage obtains ‘part of its electricity from solar panels on the rooftop shade structure’. While it comes equipped with outlets for electric cars and free bike-storage lockers, it also incorporates other green features designed to make automobile use a little greener. A system is in place to ‘filter oil and other automobile effluvia out of storm-water runoff’.

Let’s see what other pleasant places are on the list…

  • The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco features the most unusual green roof I’ve ever seen. See my earlier post about its sustainable attributes.
  • The baseball Stadium for the Washington Nationals in D.C. is the first LEED-certified professional sports facility.
  • It’s a wonderfall time of year to enjoy the autumn foliage in Pocantico Hills, NY where you’ll find a delicious, natural (and expensive) meal at Blue Hill at Stone Barns Restaurant and the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.
  • The World Birding Center in Mission, Texas shows off its curved roof which is part of its rainwater catchment system. features a slideshow of all its top picks.

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


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