The site now has the Brock Environmental Center and we are giving a stormwater class in their class room. The building is LEED certified (platinum), they used good environmental site design, recycled materials, do not use city water, generate the majority of their own electricity and have composting toilets. Yes, that in the middle of Virginia Beach!
|One of the two windmills that are estimated to produce 40% of the electricity for the Center. Solar cells on the roof generate the rest.|
It is pretty impressive, the building has been designed to take advantage of the environment while still being protective against the elements, in particular global warming, sea level rise, and just increased flooding events.
Looking outside, you can see that the site is surrounded by tidal wetlands and what looks like a salt marsh community. I can remember that one would not eat oysters coming from the Lynnhaven; the water they grew in was too polluted. Currently, Lynnhaven oysters are a delicacy, prized for it's salty, but delicate taste. So great to see we are making progress in cleaning up the Bay; albeit very slowly and very localized.