The Kelley Green Environmental Center of the Rockies
Western Resource Advocates’ founder Kelley Green purchased the building at 2260 Baseline Road in Boulder, Colorado and named it the Environmental Center of the Rockies. Kelley’s objective was to create a center for environmental non-profit organizations in a building that is an environmental showcase of energy and water efficiency. The Environmental Center of the Rockies today reflects her vision and embodies the values of sustainability, efficiency, and natural resource protection.
The Center is home to Western Resource Advocates and other tenants. Inquiries for renting office space in the Center should be directed to Rick Trilsch: 720-763-3723 or [email protected]
The 10,000-square-foot Environmental Center of the Rockies includes these sustainability features:
- Solar power on site: Rooftop solar panels use a technology called photovoltaics, or PV, which is the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity. Solar panels provide emission-free renewable energy. When the solar panels generate more power than the building needs (i.e., on weekends), the excess electricity is sent back into the utility grid.
- Wind power purchased: The Center also purchases wind energy through Xcel Energy’s Windsource program.
- Energy-efficient heating and cooling system: The building’s HVAC system is computer controlled to make it operate most efficiently. Just in the first month of use during 2011, the new HVAC system used 40% less energy than in previous months.
- Energy- and water-efficient appliances.
- Green materials: Healthier paints and carpeting, beetle kill pine, and other green building materials were used in building’s most recent remodel in 2011.
- Urban stormwater capture: A specially designed stormwater system manages runoff from the building’s roof to prevent non-point source pollution from ending up in local rivers and streams. When first established in 1998, the stormwater capture project at the Center was a national pilot project demonstrating how a conventional business can reduce water pollution.
- Drought-resistant and native plants in landscaping: Using native plants that are drought resistant decreases water use and helps prevent the spread of exotic weeds.
- Videoconferencing: WRA has videoconferencing equipment installed in the main conference room, helping staff reduce travel for meetings while providing a robust meeting experience.
- High performance glazed windows: These windows reduce heat and cold loss, reducing energy used to heat and cool the building.
- Smart lighting. Natural light is utilized wherever possible and skylights help capture natural light. Ambient lighting levels are only 30 lumens with the use of indirect lighting, reducing energy use. The ambient lighting fixtures are connected to daylight and motion sensors that automatically turn off lights when they are not needed.
- Water-efficient low-flush toilets and low water use shower.
- Shared equipment: Building occupants share a common kitchen, thereby reducing the number of appliances using energy.
To learn more about the late Kelley Green, the inspiration and founder for the Environmental Center of the Rockies, click here.