April 26, 2010
Triple C Camp in Albemarle County is considered pretty green, but it's going even greener with the construction of a new building.
The new Nature Studio will be the first EarthCraft certified light commercial green building in Virginia.
"The biggest aspect of this is, it focuses on energy and water efficiency and design strategies," said Troy Yancey, owner of T.E.A.L. Construction.
Once completed the green Nature Studio will be a teaching tool for the visitors at Triple C Camp.
"It's really important to us that the kids get educated in regards to environmental science, but more importantly the green movement," camp owner and director H. Rothenberg said.
The Green Adventures Project at Triple C Camp is a hands-on program teaching students about plants, animals, the local watershed and the idea of sustainability.
"When we look at sustainability, we think about, is this activity able to continue indefinitely as it is, or is it going to deplete the resources and environment too much to allow the activity to continue," environmental educator Kate Adamson said.
They say knowledge is contagious, and the hope is to spread the new eco-knowledge from students to parents.
"One of our big philosophies is making sure that the kids understand it is their responsibility to go home and teach their parents things that they have learned while they were here at Triple C Camp," Rothenberg said.
By not only teaching kids but by making it fun, the information will be more likely to stick and impact generations to come.
"You can have all the knowledge in the world, but if you don't care about something, then you're not going to do anything about it," education director Mike Bruscia said. "So we hope that this formula of knowledge plus caring will equal action."
The new green Nature Studio is scheduled to be completed by June 1, just in time for summer camp.-