From the West to the Midwest

gone GREEN: Sustainable Tour Across North America

Traveled from the Pacific Northwest of North America to the Midwest, catching up on Glacier, Yellowstone, & the Grand Tetons National Park on the way. Also, saw some Sustainable & Green Buildings.

One of my favorites was the Tetons Science Center located in beautiful Jackson, WY. It is a school, and learning center tucked away from the road and incorporated into the environment. Had a chance to take a tour of the facility and walk the site with a colleague, another civil engineer. It's always great to get viewpoints from a sustainable project that aligns with your profession. He gave me tips and talked about the project. I loved how the solar panels bended well with the building and overall setting of the landscape. Truly a work of art and envision from the architects & engineers to make this setting and buildings blend together and look nature and like it has always been nestled in a valley. What has happened over the last few years? This field trip is what I want to take back to my home and discover a place where I can make a difference and shape the people that live in the community of Naples. Since the Tetons traveled to Utah where I had a chance to visit a Hydro Power Plant. Talk about renewable energy and the way the plant has achieved clean water for the downstream of the river. After the tour of plant traveled east to Colorado.

Colorado is such a great state and they are achieving much in the environmental realm. The hubs of such activity is around Denver, and Aspen. CO. Loved visiting the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and getting a first hand look on what the renewable energy industry is achieving. Loved the residential wind turbines. Also, had a chance to visit a Cord wood Masonry Home, it looked great and the R-value the homeowners were achieving was so efficient that their energy bill is under $30 a month. These kind of practices and energy efficiency from a new build out should be the standard.

from the road,
Heidi :)

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