Building a Greener Adirondacks

TUPPER LAKE The Wild Center is the most decorated green building complex in the Adirondacks, and the Center announced today that it would host a special day in October for builders and regional leaders to learn about the newest techniques and technologies of green building. Theres going to be a ton of economic opportunity in green building, said Chris Rdzanek, who manages The Wild Centers buildings and campus. Were creating this event because with high energy costs and the fact that green building jobs cant be outsourced, green building can mean jobs and savings, both of which can improve the Adirondack economy. With climate change at our doorstep a re-thinking of the way we build homes and commercial properties is long overdue, and without a change, nature as experienced in the Adirondacks will be impacted. The Building A Greener Adirondacks (BAGA) event will take place Friday, Oct. 3, starting at 7:30 a.m. at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. It will be cohosted by The Energy $mart Park Initiative. The all-day event will feature presentations and chances for regional builders, contractors, community and institutional leaders and interested individuals to hear from experts and suppliers of green building products and technologies, including leading green-building architectural and construction firms, award-winning green product manufacturers and suppliers, and from leading research institutions such as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Clarkson University. There will also be green technology and product exhibits and demonstrations. Seminars will include presentations on current best practices and opportunities in solar power, wind power, geo-thermal, bio-mass and bio-fuel, insulation, windows, control systems, lighting and other green building topics. Conference participants will be able to take a walking lunch to experience the New Path, a self guided walking tour which highlights the Wild Centers contributions to sustainable design and operation as recognized by the LEED certification program. Registration is available online at www.wildcenter.org/greenbuilding. The cost for the all-day event is $65, which includes participation in more than 10 green building educational sessions to be held in the Wild Centers Flammer and Boreal theaters, continental breakfast, a walking lunch and admission to the museum and green building exhibits. Seating for the theater presentations will be limited. The museum will remain open to the general public that day, with paid general museum admission including access to all exhibits. The Wild Center received a Silver LEED Certification, from the USGBC in February of this year. LEED is considered the international benchmark for green building design, and The Wild Center is the only museum in New York State, and the only building in the Adirondacks to earn any level of LEED certification. BAGA was made possible with sponsoring support from Curtis Lumber and Hulberts Tri-Lakes Supply.

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