Local Program Wins U.S. Water Prize

The Clean Water American Alliance has recently announced that the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC), in Alton, Ill, is one of five national recipients for the 2011 U.S. Water Prize from the Clean Water America Alliance. The NGRREC is a nonprofit organization located at the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois Rivers; and is a platform for NGRREC to educate others about sustainability initiatives. Specifically, the center’s mission is to advance the nation’s understanding of great rivers, their floodplains and watersheds for the purpose of sustaining the plant, animal and human communities that depend upon them.

On June 14, 2011 USGBC has arranged a tour of the facility, observing the aspects of green design adopted by the NGRREC. Some of the main features include river, storm, and gray water systems, chilled water cooler systems, an occupancy sensor, and recycled building materials.

The U.S. Water Prize honors the NGRREC for making an outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable solutions to our nation’s water challenge, in hopes that it will set an example for others in sustainability. For more information on NGRREC visit www.ngrrec.org or www.lc.edu/ngrrec. For more information about the U.S. Water Prize visit www.CWAA.us.

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