Green Spaces: Wildcat Glades
Adjacent to one of the world's most unique natural resources-some of the last remaining chert glades-the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center is a U.S. Green Building Council Silver LEED Certified facility that combines form with function. Its green roof, planted with native glade and prairie plants, simultaneously insulates the building from extreme heat and cold while providing food and shelter for wildlife. And natural light from skylights and large windows both cuts down on electricity usage and creates a natural ambiance.
Not only is Wildcat Glades distinctive in appearance, but by using innovative green technologies that cut down on energy and water consumption, this Center saves approximately $6,000-10,000 annually.
Some more of these economical, sustainable features are:
- A geothermal heating and cooling system that uses the constant 58 degree underground temperature to heat and cool the building, saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- Waterless urinals and toilet, reducing overall water and energy needs.
- Compact flash heaters, which eliminate the need for tank heaters.
- A 1,000-gallon cistern, which holds water collected from roof runoff and is used to care for the native plants in the landscaping and gardens.
- Timers on parking lot lights, which save energy and reduce light pollution. (It is estimated that 4-5 million birds in the U.S are killed annually by colliding with buildings and towers, due to light pollution at night.)
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