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Seneca Meadows opens “green” education building

Seneca Meadows Landfill, a subsidiary of IESI Corp of Fort Worth, Texas, along with State and local dignitaries, celebrated the grand opening of the Seneca Meadows Environmental Education Center (EEC) at a ceremony in Seneca Falls, New York today. The EEC will provide a wide range of school and community programs to the local area, including high school science classes that satisfy state standards and enhance curriculums, by giving students hands-on field and laboratory experience in the study of a brook, pond, and wetlands which surround the Center. Community programs at the EEC begin next week with adult cooking classes, and entertaining science classes for children. Seneca Meadows also announced a partnership today with New York Audubon at the log cabin style, “green” building. Audubon Educators would staff the new EEC and provide lesson plans for the high school field science programs offered there. A future relationship is currently being negotiated with National Audubon to take stewardship of the Landfill’s wetland educational and recreational complex, which is an 1,100 acre parcel containing a 585 acre wetland mitigation and restoration project on the former Dove Farm, also in Seneca Falls, once the endeavor is complete.In addition to school and community programs, the EEC offers a museum-like exhibit room that will feature rotating exhibits on environmental topics ranging from alternative energy to wetlands. Exhibit room hours will be announced in the upcoming weeks. When the construction of the Landfill’s wetland complex is complete the EEC building will also act as the gateway to the extensive trail system. Landfill representatives are hopeful that the recreational and educational activities that will be offered at the complex will enhance regional ecotourism and complement existing natural resources like the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, in the nearby Town of Tyre.The 3,200 square foot EEC building was constructed as a “green building,” according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s definition, and company representatives are seeking a gold level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the Council. Some of the components of the facility that accumulated points toward LEED certification include: a geothermal heating and cooling system, high performance insulation windows, high efficiency lighting and purchasing local construction materials.For more information about the Seneca Meadows Environmental Education Center log onto www.senecameadows.com.

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