LEED Building Story Map highlights PA Wilds

The PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources has launched an online story map of their LEED facilities across PA, and a third of them are in the Pennsylvania Wilds region.

All told, 21 facilities are highlighted on the map. Seven are in the PA Wilds, four of which are major visitor attractions and part of the PA Wilds Artisan Trail experience.

Sustainable energy is a theme woven throughout the PA Wilds work, from the PA Wilds Brand Principles, where it talks about the importance of “cultivating the relationship between people and the environment;” to the treatment building green is given in the PA Wilds Design Guide for Community Character Stewardship.

But the theme is probably best captured in DCNR’s nature tourism investments in the region, which are part of the larger strategy by many partners to grow the region’s nature and heritage tourism industry. Places like the Elk Country Visitor Center, Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park, Bald Eagle Nature Inn and the new visitor center going in at Kinzua Bridge State Park are all LEED facilities interpreted for the traveling public.

Check them and other locations out the new story map at: http://maps.dcnr.pa.gov/StoryMaps/leed/

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