The Nature Conservancy recently moved its Central and Western New York Chapter Office to a new eco-friendly space in Village Gate Square, 274 N. Goodman St., Rochester, in Neighborhood of the Arts.
The office in Suite B261 is designed to promote collaboration among staff and utilizes techniques in sustainability and green design.
“An attractive and functional office space is critical to our ability to meet our mission of conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends,” said Jim Howe, chapter director. “We wanted a setting within the city of Rochester that promotes collaboration and productivity while also minimizing our environmental footprint.”
Several design strategies were implemented to lower the office’s carbon footprint. The space embraces natural light from its windows and skylights, and the additional airflow reduces the need for air conditioning in the warmer months. An integrated and mixed-use layout not only reduces energy use but also encourages collaboration and teamwork.
Additional environmentally friendly features of the new Village Gate office include carpeting woven from discarded fishing nets, which prevents plastic from entering waterways and harming wildlife while also providing fishing communities with an additional source of income; chairs made from recycled soda bottles; appliances and furniture made in North America, which reduces energy needed for transportation; nontoxic paints; and LED lighting, which will cut energy use by 50 percent when compared with traditional fluorescent bulbs.
Lighting was made possible through a partial donation by local lighting company Lumalon.
“We reviewed everything from the skylights to the flooring with an eye to using the space in the most efficient way,” said Elizabeth Marr, operations and finance manager. “Being surrounded by such an appealing and sustainable design will provide us with daily encouragement as we work together toward our mission.”
The Nature Conservancy will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. April 27.
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