The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine, has undertaken a five-year building project that will feature advanced energy and water efficiency.
On the energy front, the facility will build a new visitor center to LEED Platinum net-zero standards, according to the Press Herald. High performance insulation, HVAC and lighting will be used. Light harvesting also will figure prominently in the planning, the story says.
The site, the story says, is not a good candidate for solar power. However, the five-year plan calls for solar to be used in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which also is on the drawing board.
Other environmentally sound projects are underway in Maine. The Portland Press Herald reported last month that a wast3e-to-energy (WTE) plant is under construction in Hampden. The story says that the Municipal Review Committee (MPC), a non-profit organization of more than 100 Maine municipalities that deals with solid waste issues, voted earlier this month to release $1.62 million to enable construction to begin this fall. The idea, according to the story, is for MPC members to transition from the current facility, the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company, to the Fiberight WTE plant when it is completed.