Building on the success of the current ENC building as the first LEED Platinum certified building in Orange County

The ENC Nature Preschool will meet or exceed the sustainable building guidelines incorporated into the ENC’s existing Learning Center. The ENC Learning Center built in 2008 was the first net-zero energy building in Orange County and the first LEED Platinum building in Orange County as certified by The U.S. Green Building Council.  Platinum certification is the highest designation available to buildings that demonstrate energy efficiency and sustainability. The ENC Nature Preschool building will also strive to achieve LEED Platinum certification, thus ensuring that the building will have a positive impact on the health of our students while promoting the best sustainable practices. The preschool building will also be participating in the Living Building Challenge™.

The Living Building Challenge is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek.

Our students, our community and our world will benefit as the ENC continues to raise the bar in ecological responsibility, sustainable practices, and environmental education.

“The ENC is Orange County’s most important center for education of our youth in sustainable practices and the reasons for nurturing our environment. BRAVO!!”
– 2014 Eco Awards Judge USGBC Orange County Chapter

“The site design and building worked seamlessly and a great deal of thought was given to the creation of a learning environment where nature was the focus”
– AIAOCC Award Jury

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