SIX MILE CYPRESS SLOUGH INTERPRETIVE CENTER
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|7791 Penzance Blvd
Fort Myers, FL
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Interpretive Center: 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. Tues - Sun. closed Mondays.
Boardwalk Trail:Dawn to Dusk every day, year round.
The Interpretive Center at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is the first public, certified Green Building in Lee County. It has been built under the nationally recognized “Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design” or LEED certification system.
A certified green building is one that has minimal negative effects on the environment, achieved through the careful selection of materials, construction methods, energy use strategies and maintenance practices.
Opportunities at the Slough:
The ground breaking for this project was on March 14, 2007. The 11,000 sq ft Center opened to the public on April 18, 2008.
The Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve partnered with and supported the Parks and Recreation department by having fundraisers and by raising awarenss of the importance of making the building LEED certified. The building achieved a Silver Certification.
The Center was built on an old road bed creating a minimum of disturbance of the land. In areas that were disturbed, FL native plants that use little water were reintroduced. Many of the materials that were used in the building are eco-friendly like bamboo a product which is a rapidly renewable resource. The boardwalk and deck are made from Trex lumber. This lumber is made of recycled plastic from grocery bags and pallet wraps along with recycled wood. Rainwater is collected into a cistern from the roof. This water is then used to flush the toilets.
For more information see a short power point presentation - What makes our building "Green"?