Our annual Smokey Bear Day is on Monday October 8, 2018, 10am – 2pm at the Discovery Center.
On February 9th, 2010, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center, sponsored by TrustCo, was awarded a LEED® Gold rating, established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
The planning and design of the Discovery Center, which ultimately included the LEED program element, began in 2004. During the next 5 years of planning, design, implementation and review, the LEED program had become the key guiding principle for the transition of a bank building to the development of the Discovery Center. What initially began as an effort to achieve a Basic LEED level rating, soon, with an energetic design team, turned to a goal of Silver and ended in Gold. It was the dedicated team effort and attention to detail that lead to the discovery of additional LEED points and ultimately the higher rating. The team that was charged with this responsibility included, but was not limited to, the Envision Architect team, the New York State Office of General Services, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission staff, and each and every contractor that worked on the project.
Since 2004, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has provided the Pine Bush Commission with nearly $103,000 to help make this building sufficiently energy efficient and environmentally responsible to achieve LEED Gold certification. NYSERDA’s funding has supported energy and green building analysis, as well as incentives for installing energy efficiency measures including high efficiency lighting, an energy management system, high efficiency motors and a high performance building envelope. In addition, NYSERDA provided the Discovery Center with incentives for installing a solar photovoltaic system.
For additional information about our solar panels, Clivus Multrum restrooms, alternative energy, green building incentives or the LEED process, please visit the following websites:/
Designed all phases of the LEED certified Discovery Center.
Provided and installed solar panels.
Provided and installed biological composting rest rooms.
Provided incentives to assist with the green building goals.
Provided the process for LEED certification.
Provider of wind energy.