By Adam Dziewa, Education Intern
Beyond sustainability in our landscape, the Garden has infused sustainable practices throughout our operations. From timed lights to dual flush toilets, environmentally conscious cleaning products to compost programs in our garden and our lunch room, our newer facilities have been designed and are maintain with the environment in mind.
Schneider Education Center
Built in 2011, the Schneider Education Center features sustainable technologies to help increase air quality, energy efficiency and waste reduction. The most visible feature is the inverted, V-shape rooftop, which floods more daylight into the building and cutting down on the need for artificial light. You will also notice our plethora of recycling receptacles throughout the Education Center and Visitor Center to keep more waste out of the landfill to be reused as other products.
Stumpf Hobbit House
Another green revolutionized building among the Garden’s grounds is the Stumpf Hobbit House. The Hobbit House is a three-season facility designed with many energy efficient features, including water efficient restrooms, high quality air dyers and solar light tubes. The building’s heating and cooling needs are minimized because it is built into the hillside, and its green roof provides habitat for garden species while also lowering storm water runoff. Explore this awesome building and feel like you’ve been transported to a hobbit’s home just like in Lord of the Rings!
As a botanical garden, our goal is not to just present the Green Bay community with a bunch of facts about sustainability and environmental features, it is to use these very facts to inspire and educate the community at a local, global and international level. Our buildings and grounds demonstrate that sustainable principles are possible to implement in our daily lives.