Today, the delegates traveled two hours south of Richmond to Virginia Beach to explore the Brock Environmental Center, the center for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The Brock Environmental Center, the home for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, was built by Hourigan Construction on Virginia Beach’s Lynnhaven River.  The Center is one of the world’s greenest and most sustainable buildings, based on conservation technologies and architecture. The delegates had the privilege of listening to some of people behind the project, including Chris Brandt and several others. They talked about many of the unique technologies used in the building such as: windmills, solar panels, geothermal energy and an unconventional compost system. The design of the building was the keep it as environmentally friendly with as few resources as possible, in hopes of setting an example for a future of sustainability.

“We involve ourselves in remarkably unique relationships and buildings.”

– Chris Brandt, Hourigan Construction

Before touring the extraordinary building both for experiential learning and inspiration for their upcoming designs, students were asked to consider:

  • How do these technologies relate to the needs in your home country?
  • Do you have any of these technologies in your home, school or country?  
  • How could they positively impact your home countries?

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The delegation learned about what makes the building so green – net zero in terms energy use, water and waste.  After the tour, students enjoyed a picnic lunch and play time outside overlooking the water.

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