The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky moved into its new headquarters at 114 Woodland Avenue in Kentucky in May 2013.
While we’re in the business of setting down roots (literally) we haven’t officially done so in our hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. That is, until now.
After 23 years of renting a location for the Conservancy’s Kentucky headquarters, we purchased a building at 114 Woodland Avenue to call “home” from now on!
A recent Brookings Institution report identified Lexington as having one of the highest carbon footprints in the nation due to sprawl, traffic, inefficient homes and coal-fired power consumption. After renting an energy inefficient building for more than two decades, we look forward to being part of the solution to reducing Lexington’s carbon footprint and involving others in learning about the benefits of doing the same.
The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky decided to purchase a building for its Kentucky headquarters for several reasons:
- It’s smart. At the time we made this decision, prices and interest rates were at an all-time low. As a result, this was a financially smart decision.
- We want to get to know you better. Protecting nature in Kentucky takes us to special and often remote places. However, conserving the Commonwealth’s unique natural landscapes cannot happen without your support. As a result, we’ve created a space where we can interact with, inspire and learn from our partners and supporters through speaker series, open houses, presentations and other events.
- We’re growing. In addition to having space for protection, conservation, philanthropy and administrative staff, we’ll have space to accommodate the interns and volunteers who help throughout the year. The headquarters also has a state-of-the-art meeting space for board meetings or gatherings hosted by partner organizations.
- We want to lead by example. We are pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for green building which is known to result in: lower operating costs, increased value, less waste, energy and water conservation, a healthier work environment and reduced greenhouse emissions. Outside of the building, we’re illustrating the importance of designing an outdoor native landscape capable of conserving water and welcoming birds, butterflies and other species.
If you haven’t stopped by yet, we hope you will soon. And if you like what you see, please take an opportunity to support our efforts to make the Conservancy’s Kentucky headquarters a model for energy efficiency and green business practices! Contact Cadell Walker today to learn about giving opportunities.
June 27, 2013