Tour of The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center

NGRREC National Great Rivers Research & Education Center LCCC 10
In partnership with the St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium

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The National Great Rivers Research and Education Field Station incorporates many sustainable elements and is registered with the certification goal of LEED Platinum.  The 35,000 square-foot building sits on eight acres leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers south of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton, Ill. Strategically located near the confluence of the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers, the Field Station will serve as an international center for science, education and public outreach, related to key issues that will improve sustainable management of large rivers. It will also provide researchers access to the river and the riverine mesocosms and wet lab facililties will allow them to conduct unique experiments to expand our understanding of the structure and function of floodplain-river ecosystems, information that is vital to the development of conservation strategies to sustain the natural resources these systems provide and economic benefits derived from these resources.

Join us for a tour of the building and learn about the multitude of green design and construction features showcased in this unique structure including:

  • On site generation of electricity including solar, wind and an experimental hydrokinetic turbine facility
  • Cold water cooling system supplemented by river water connection and ice storage tanks for off peak hours
  • Landscaping with numerous types of native species and educational zones explaining types of plants and benefits
  • Vegetative roof with an observation deck (educational area) and ADA accessible ramp
  • Grey water system to feed toilets and urinals for flushing
  • On site sewage treatment system
  • Storm water collection system to capture 100 per­cent of roof water
  • Solar hot water system; All hot water will be heated by solar panels then stored for use
  • Three experi­mental types of pervious pavers never before attempted by IDOT
  • Recycled material used on project & 90 percent of construction related waste recycled
  • Extension of the Madison County Transportation Bike Trail onto the property

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
5:30 – 6:00 pm – Registration & Networking
6:00 – 7:30 pm – Brief Presentation & Tour  NOTE EARLY START TIME

National Great Rivers Research & Education Center
1 Confluence Way / 2 Lock and Dam Way, Alton IL 62002
Click here for a map with directions to the building (PDF)

1.5 GBCI CE Hours


Free for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members and St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium Representatives & Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members

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Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

Thanks to our Event Sponsors!

AAIC, Inc.

Native Landscape Contractors

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