Environmentally Friendly Building Opening in Jackson County

By David Elliott - bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - People have talking about so called green buildings and sustainable construction for years. So far we've heard more talk than we've seen action. But that is about to change.

Finishing touches are being put on the Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center in southeast Jackson County.

"The idea is to use environmentally sound concepts," said architect Joe Greco from Atlanta.

For instance, the center has a tank that collects rain water to flush all the center's toilets. And the building's design utilizes plenty of natural daylight.

The center is home to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources' Research Preserve and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Grand Bay National Refuge.

"We promote smart management of the coast, so it makes sense to let our building reflect that intent," Center Director David Ruple said.

The center is scheduled to be completed by mid-summer 2009.

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