Magazine article National Wildlife

New Headquarters Building Reflects NWF's Mission

Magazine article National Wildlife

New Headquarters Building Reflects NWF's Mission

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Daylight streams in through north-facing windows. The forested parkland they overlook instantly connects people inside with the natural world just beyond the glass. On the south exterior, a huge trellis stands poised to support native vines. Most of the year their leaves will shade the building from hot sun; in winter, the leafless vines will let more heat pass. The result: a year-round cut in energy consumption and costs, all produced by what amounts to a spectacular vertical habitat for birds and insects.

Inside, a spacious, open floor plan lets daylight filter to almost every corner. A sophisticated distance learning facility graces the Jay D. Hair Education Center, from which NWF Internet programming will provide interactive conservation education to adults and children worldwide.

This is just a taste of NWF's newly completed headquarters in the planned community of Reston, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. Staffers moved in over the winter and dedication ceremonies are on April 6.

Though suburban, the building's location promotes walking, cycling and the use of current bus and future rail transportation. A wildlife pond and native landscaping will add yet another certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat[ordinal indicator, feminine] site to an area that has made NWF's gardening for wildlife initiative a true community affair. (See below.)

Even the local watershed benefits from NWF's arrival. Rainwater that once ran uncontrolled off nearby lots, causing erosion and washing pollutants into waterways, will now flow into two bio-retention ponds. …

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