A hallmark and central design feature of the new building will be its world-class urban architecture that employs green, sustainable technologies. The project—which will seek certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™—will embrace the latest in green developments to manage storm water runoff; reduce water demand and waste; conserve energy through efficient mechanical and electrical systems; and use natural and recycled materials to reduce construction waste, improve indoor air quality, and leave a smaller carbon footprint on the environment. Monitoring systems will provide constant feedback to ensure system efficacy.
As a science organization, NSTA recognizes the unique opportunity to use the green building technologies as teaching tools. The building itself will become a dynamic science experiment for both on-site and virtual visitors. The Glenn Center will include online, on-site, and classroom-based educational activities for exploring energy conservation, sustainable design, and ecological principles. Whether tracking air quality over time or monitoring energy efficiency, students interacting with the Glenn Center will strengthen their skills in science and become the environmentally savvy citizens of tomorrow.
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