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Origen Museum Building

The entire 180-acre Springs Preserve campus is a living example of sustainable living, design and architecture. Its buildings are among the most "green" in the nation. The Preserve implemented design and construction techniques that follow guidelines created by the U.S. Green Building Council, meeting platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements.

In addition, the Preserve features specific educational resources for sustainable living, including a multitude of exhibits inside our Desert Living Center focused on clean energy, green building practices, recycling and more. Weekly classes and workshops offer focused instruction on topics such as composting, gardening and water-smart landscaping. In the 8-acre Gardens, visitors can be inspired by thousands of desert-friendly plants, a bio-filtration wetland area and demonstrations of sustainable gardening practices.

Sustainable features include:

  • 149,560 square feet of platinum LEED buildings
  • More than 2,200 photovoltaic arrays provide covered parking and generate power for the site.
  • A bio-filtration wetland area that recycles water from the Springs Preserve facility for reuse onsite
  • Evaporative cooling towers
  • Straw bale insulation
  • Rammed earth walls
To learn more about our organization's sustainability efforts, download our Sustainability in Action report.

Video: Sustainable Features

Rain collection at the Springs Preserve

Learn more about the sustainable features of the Springs Preserve.


Photos: LEED

Solar panels

Learn more about the techniques that earned us a LEED platinum rating.

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