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Ruffner Treetop Visitors Center earns LEED Gold

New Ruffner LogoRuffner Mountain Nature Preserve recently learned that their Treetop Visitors Center had earned LEED Gold status. The $4 million building is one of only five new construction projects in the state to ever receive that designation as part of the environmentally friendly certification system. A glass plaque is being sent to the facility in recognition of the achievement. The new center opened last spring.

The organization is in the process of changing its name from center to preserve to reflect their focus on conservation. They’ve also begun to use a new logo (that’s it off to the left if you’re reading this via the site) and have plans to roll out a redesigned website in the coming months.

Incidentally, the current fiscal 2012 city budget does not provide any funding for Ruffner Mountain. The organization is under contract with the city to manage 500 of the 1,011 acres of land contained within.

One week = Habitat house in Wylam

Habitat home in East LakeThe local chapter of Alabama Power‘s Service Organization announced its participation in the construction of a new Habitat for Humanity home in Birmingham’s Wylam community to start this Saturday, May 1.

The press release points out that the new home will be built to LEED standards by the organization’s Magic City chapter and other partners in less than one week.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham has been extremely busy recently. The photo above shows a home completed earlier this year in Birmingham’s East Lake community. The list of current build projects is available on the organization’s website.

Photo: Habitat house in East Lake. André Natta/bhamterminal.