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Unexpected (and really cool) Result of Blogging About Tucson's 1st LEED Platinum Bldg
Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Tierra Antigua Realty - Downtown)

One of the wonderful things about blogging is the opportunities that come out of nowhere to meet people from all over the world, from all walks of life...for reasons you never dreamed of!

Because of a post I wrote in January about the new learning center at Tucson's Reid Park Zoo, a professor of Urban Engineering at Osaka City University contacted me.  Dr. Masaki Nakao was going to be in the United States at the end of September, and wanted to tour this building because of its LEED Platinum Certification.

Honored to help with such a request, I contacted the zoo, and was put in touch with Ruston (Rusty) Agte, the Director of Education for Reid Park Zoo.  He probably knows this building better than anyone else except for the architect in charge of the project.

Dr. Nakao, his wife & his assistant, Dr. Minako Nabeshima were very enjoyable people - and I hope to visit them when I visit Japan someday.

Sure, those of us blogging on ActiveRain do it to help our business - but there's also the benefit of connecting with people for reasons outside of business cannot be discounted...plus you might just get to do something nifty like pet rhinos too!

Here's a link to see how much energy the building gets from its solar panels:  SunnyPortal To see all of the photos I shot that day, check out the web album on Picasa.

If you're visiting Tucson - I can't guarantee you that we'll get to do something like this, but I do love showing off our beloved "Old Pueblo."

 

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Southern AZ's First LEED Platinum Building: At Tucson's Reid Park Zoo!
Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Tierra Antigua Realty - Downtown)

Front View of Lee H. Brown Family Learning Center at Tucson's Reid Park Zoo - Southern Arizona's first LEED Platinum building.Tucson is generally thought of as a pretty evironmentally conscious city in many respects.  Reclaimed water is widely used for landscaping, xeriscaping has been embraced & adopted by most people...without any regulation or mandate forcing people to do so.

Where we are behind the curve (so far) is in our commercial sector - LEED Certified buildings are few and far between, even in the government and public sector.  Private is probably going to take the lead with LEED in Southern AZ.  That being said, Tucson's Reid Park Zoo boasts southern Arizona's first LEED Platinum Certified building - congratulations!

 

 

Reid Park Zoo, located just east of Country Club Boulevard and south of the Colonia Solana neighborhood, is growing and evolving very nicely, and is a great asset to the community.  Their educational programs are fun & informative no matter the age of the participant.

To learn more about what Tucson's Zoo has to offer, please visit their website:  Tucson Zoo

Tucson's Reid Park Zoo - Lee Brown Family Learning Center photo - Southern AZ's first LEED Platinum Certified Building

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