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World Monument Fund and American Express Unveil Sustainable Easter Island Visitor Center
Posted By Tafline Laylin On July 14, 2011 @ 11:28 am In Architecture,Recycled Materials | No Comments
While tourist traffic to Easter Island is important, WMF wanted to ensure that it was managed to benefit, rather than deteriorate, the important archaeological sites on display there. The new green visitor center  houses information about how to navigate the park in a manner that preserves the existing resources and provides an important model of what sustainability looks like.
How so, you may ask? In addition to constructing it around an existing warden station to reduce the project’s footprint, the visitor center was built using materials recycled from the previous structure. It also receives its energy from small solar and wind generators, and recycles rainwater . Finally, composting toilets keep the building nice and sanitary. A lot of love and care went into this attractive new center to ensure a continued harmony between curiosity and conservation.
Via Dwell 
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URLs in this post:
 UNESCO-protected heritage sites: http://inhabitat.com/china-plans-to-clone-the-entire-village-of-hallstatt-austria/hallstat-austria-unesco-village-3/
 World Monument Fund (WMF): http://www.wmf.org/sites/default/files/press_releases/Orongo%20Visitor%20Center%20Press%20Release.pdf
 supergreen visitor center: http://inhabitat.com/sun-moon-lakes-green-roofed-visitor-center-is-harmonious-in-its-surroundings/
 CONAF: http://www.conaf.cl/
 sustainable building techniques: http://inhabitat.com/lessons-in-green-building-from-afghanistan%C2%A0/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/07/easter-island-visitor-center-1.jpg
 green visitor center: http://inhabitat.com/glacier-inspired-vatnajokull-visitor-center-for-europes-largest-national-park/
 and recycles rainwater: http://inhabitat.com/solar-powered-machine-creates-rainbows-from-recycled-rainwater/
 Dwell: http://www.dwell.com/articles/easter-islands-visitors-center.html
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