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Posted by: harrisandyou | July 17, 2012

Environmental Nature Center

On Saturday, July 14th I went to the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach as part of my Zero Waste class.  I have driven passed this building before and never knew what it was.  This is a hidden gem!

As soon as I walked in I was impressed with the natural light streaming in from the numerous amount of windows.  The center is a LEED building and has met Platinum standards.  What this means is that the building is constructed with all “green” materials.  The windows are double panes to let natural light in and reduce the use of electric lights.  The walls are insulated with sustainable insulation made from cotton and denim, all natural material.  There is a window in the wall to view exactly what the insulation looks like. There are solar panels on the roof and white roof coating to keep the heat out during the summer and to keep it warm during the winter.

Not only is the building green so is the outdoors.  The plants are drought tolerant and are native to the area.  It is very picturesque and they have a butterfly arboretum filled with real butterflies.  There are many more benefits to this wonderful nature center but I suggest you see it for yourself.  The Environmental Nature Center is located at 1601 E. 16th Street in Newport Beach, CA.

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