Introducing the Sustainability Resource Center

January 1, 2011 at 9:50 pm 2 comments

Welcome to our new blog about the Sustainability Resource Center.  Here’s a little about the project:

SRC ExteriorImagine a hip, cutting edge downtown Resource Center that educates and inspires a “let’s do this” attitude from the general public, professionals, and decision makers about the triple bottom line of sustainability – people, planet, and profits.  A learning space where students and educators can come together to expand their knowledge of energy efficiency strategies, carbon reduction, and healthy buildings.  Where the newly-trained can meet with industry leaders to create synergies and opportunities.  Where homeowners can research green retrofits alongside architects and designers skilled in such strategies.

We envision a 5,000 square foot LEED Platinum certified space containing a gallery of innovative green building

demonstrations, a robust sustainability library, a training space, and a home base for our partner organizations.  This destination-spot will attract people from all over Jacksonville to this downtown location for special events and education programs.  The front entrance will be an attractive point of interest with living green walls, solar windows, porous pavers, native landscaping, and integrate, visible sustainable strategies.

Located at 33 West Duval Street just across the street from the Jacksonville Main Library, the location provides visibility via ample foot-traffic near the busy Hemming Plaza, access to public transportation and amenities such as restaurants, entertainment, and services.

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The Concept

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nita  |  May 18, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Who’s going to pay for this at a time when the city is struggling financially. How about initiating this idea in one of the many standing unoccupied structures around town. I want to see Jacksonville grow nprofessionally but….a reply will be appreciated

    Reply
    • 2. sustainableresourcecenter  |  May 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Nita,

      The project will be in a currently unoccupied structures downtown – the retail space of the parking garage on Duval Street. You’re absolutely right that we should be revitalizing this area and encouraging growth. Also, funding is coming from a variety of sources and we are happy that many of these are rising up from private businesses and the community.

      One of the goals of this Center is to serve as a space for those in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry that were devastated by the economic challenges of the past few years to meet with clients, educate and train themselves, and grow their businesses. Job growth and economic growth is important to us.

      We need the support of community members, like yourself, to get this idea off the ground.

      Hope this helps,

      Ellen
      Chair, US Green Building Council North Florida

      Reply

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