From the Midwest to the Great Lakes

gone GREEN: Sustainable Tour Across North America

From Colorado to Kansas to the Great Lakes of Michigan. The Sustainable Tour Across North America is continuing and has covered some road. The team has seen a lot since the last posting.

So what is sustainable in Kansas City? Well, the beautiful Nelson-Atkins Museum is a sure start. The extension of their campus houses 3 beautiful Green Buildings. At night they look spectacular all lit up. Great Architectural feature especially since the plaza or hub of city shopping is right down the street. The Discovery Center is another Sustainable Development, with lots of features as solar panels, bio-swales, natural vegetation, rain gardens, reclaimed wood & brick, pervious pavement, and living waste treatment system. This facility has lots of great features especially from a civil engineering perspective. Another facility is the Jackson County Office Building, it is a LEED Gold Green Building. Housing a wind turbine, a cistern for rain collection, and even a rose garden. Loved all these great examples of a Green Building in Kansas City.

As we headed north the team stopped off at the John Deere World Headquarters, where sustainable agriculture is very important. They have a great facility and have a renewable group called John Deere Wind Energy. We had a chance to tour one of their facilities in the Great Lakes of Michigan.

Now we are in the Great Lakes and had a chance to see Western Michigan University. They have several Green Buildings (LEED rated Buildings) and one that was a great case study was built in 2003. The College of Engineering stood out, with motion sensors, computerized class schedules, cafe, library, and having a river run through the building. It was a state of the art building and quite a smart building now. Loved the facility and campus of Western Michigan University. Till next time.

from the road,
Heidi

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