Environmental Education Center - City of Plano
The building symbolizes Plano's commitment to environmental, social and economic stewardship. From the wind turbine and solar array to the rainwater harvesting systems, the EEC's LEED-eligible sustainable design creates the perfect atmosphere for environmental learning.
The facility hosts diverse audiences for presentations on a variety of environmental topics. Features contributing to the EEC as a special place for environmental learning include:
- Solar and wind power generate 30 percent of the facility's electrical needs.
- Harvested rainwater is used to irrigate landscaping and flush toilets. Dual flush toilets and a waterless urinal help conserve water.
- A pervious parking lot naturally filters pollutants from rainwater before they enter the nearby creek untreated.
- Native, adapted and perennial plant species were used in the landscaping.
- Sustainable and recycled building materials create a well-insulated space, which helps reduce energy costs.
- Through passive solar design, the EEC is naturally heated, cooled and ventilated. (7/10)