|The southernmost greenroof in the United States, the Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Center Green Roof is a high-profile environmental center which will help to promote the benefits and awareness of greenroofs in the region as part of Florida?s greenroof initiative. Managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the 2.94-acre complex in Key West houses offices, a maintenance building, docks and the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, a public outreach facility that opened in 2006. Beach grass and other native plants grace the roof.|
In addition to the greenroof which reduces energy consumption and improves stormwater management, "the Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Center uses cistern water to flush toilets, and incorporated recycled or sustainable growth materials in construction. Overall energy consumption is reduced by 30 percent over a traditional facility. NOAA is also pursuing a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the facility through the U.S. Green Building Council," (FEMP, see below).
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|The address for the Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex is 33 East Quay Road, Key West, FL 33040. Visit the Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Center Green Roof website, read the U.S. DOE's Federal Energy Management Program profile here and read the Winter 2007-Spring 2008 edition of Sounding Line "Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex has the Power" here.|
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