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Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center Visitor Center Achieves LEED Status

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center – Penn State’s outdoor education field laboratory and nature center – earned LEED certification for its sustainability achievements with the recent expansion of its facilities.

The main Shaver’s Creek Visitor Center, which includes the Litzinger Herpetarium, Silvi Discovery Room and Weidemann Bookstore and Gift Shop, and Hamer Classroom, has achieved LEED status. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient and economical green buildings, according to the US Green Building Council.

Joshua Potter, associate director of operations and communications at Shaver’s Creek, said the center’s goals were to protect surrounding environmental habitats; maximize site sustainability and open space; and promote best practices in stormwater management and design, the use of fuel-efficient vehicles, and carpooling for visitors and staff.

“It’s part of our mission – to increase people’s awareness of their impact on the natural world in efforts to promote biodiversity, fight climate change,” he said. “These are important issues in our time, in addition to connecting people to the natural world. It’s a small part of how our choices shape the world around us.

Shaver’s Creek is located 20 km from the University Park campus between State College and Huntingdon and is currently open to visitors daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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