West Woods Nature Center

9465 Kinsman Road
OH 44072

West Woods Nature Center

Green BuildingPark/Recreation AreaEnvironmental EducationWater RecyclingGeothermal/Ground Heat SiteGreen Roof


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The nature center was built in 2002 with a firm commitment to many aspects of "green" architecture. Most obvious is the green roof, an actual 'living' roof that serves to stabilize building temperatures and reduce rainwater runoff.

This site also has a geothermal HVAC system using thirty, 300 foot wells under the parking lot, which are connected to ten heat pumps in the building which heat and cool the facility.

The West Woods Nature Center has its own wastewater treatment plant. Unlike a public wastewater system that discharges processed water into streams to continue the recycling process in nature, Geauga Park District’s plant utilizes what is called a “drip disposal system” that Ohio E.P.A. declares to be a “zero-discharge treatment system



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