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Shaver’s Creek nets $35,000 grant to install sustainable technologies

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center continues renovations on the forestry building and the building of a new classroom building on Sept. 14.
Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center continues renovations on the forestry building and the building of a new classroom building on Sept. 14. Centre Daily Times, file

For the first time in its 41-year history, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is in the midst of a major renovation and expansion project, and sustainable technology is being incorporated.

Penn State’s nature center was awarded a $35,000 grant from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund, according to a press release from the university.

The funding will be put toward installing sustainable energy technologies in Shaver’s Creek’s new construction, the release said.

Variant refrigerant flow HVAC systems will help the center achieve LEED certification, the release said.

“We feel it’s important for our center to model sustainable solutions for the thousands of school children, university students and community members who will visit our site now and for the generation to come,” Shaver’s Creek Director Mark McLaughlin said in the release.

According to the release, the grant is one of multiple efforts being made at the center to include sustainable elements. Others include reducing overall average water consumption by 20 percent through plumbing features and using locally sourced wood.

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