Phipps ultra green building to open for the public

Written by Doug Oster on .


CSL Beauty Shot 449x290The Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps is one of the Earth's greenest buildings. Photo courtesy Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden

The new Center for Sustainable Landscapes is getting ready to open to the public on February 12, 2013. It's something you should see. Executive Director Richard Piacentini and his team has created one of the greenest buildings on the planet.

Last year I produced a video about the building as it was nearing completion. You can watch it here.

The facility produces all of its own renewable energy with solar panels, geothermal wells and a wind turbine, and also treats and reuses all water captured on site.

The CSL is surrounded by a restorative landscape highlighting native plants and a green rooftop garden with a view of Oakland. Other features include a lagoon, rain gardens and constructed wetlands that guests will be able to observe in action.

Self-guided tours of the CSL are included in the price of Phipps admission, which is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (62+) and students with valid IDs; and $11 for children two-18. Kids under two and Phipps members enter for free. Pre-arranged group tours of the facility are also available for an additional $2 per person. Required reservations can be made by calling 412/622-6915, ext. 6501. A 10-percent discount is available for groups of 15 or more. For more details about the CSL, visit

The building is drawing visitors from all over the world, take some time to visit this amazing place.



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