The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed cut the ribbon, last Saturday, at their new environmental center, a great example of green architecture.
The building has been LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which means that it meets particular high standards in a “whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality,” according to the NJ US Green Building Council.
The Watershed installed, in the new building, geothermal for heating and cooling, a green roof to reduce runoff and provide insulation, solar panels to meet most (if not all) of the building’s energy needs, large windows for passive solar lighting, solar hot water system, a rainwater harvesting system, a rain garden, and a wetlands-based wastewater treatment system.
Below check out some photos from the opening. And when you’re in the area, make sure you check out the center for yourself!