U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter

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Omega Institute Eco-Machine Tour

  • Saturday, August 13, 2011
  • 1:00 PM
  • Hudson Valley Branch - Dutchess County, Rhinebeck


  • It says free, but it's not. Our software adds that when we don't charge at the time of registration. Our at the door prices are:

    Members $15
    Public $20
    Students (with valid ID) $15

Registration is closed
Please join us for our August Living Building tour, hosted by:

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living

Saturday, August 13th, 1 - 3:00 PM

Omega Institute
150 Lake Drive, Rhinebeck
(Click here for Directions)

Green building performance in the U.S. is typically rated using the USGBC’s LEED rating system. While LEED drives the industry to apply greatly improved technologies in energy and environmental management, there are even more ambitious rating systems that leading edge projects are using to expand the sustainability of their green buildings.  The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is one of these.  Omega Institute has completed a system that processes all the institution’s grey and black water on-site, eventually filtering the processed water into the aquifer under the Institute’s parking lot, and resulting in zero discharge to the Hudson River watershed. This is a truly remarkable system and a wonderful educational resource for anyone interested in pushing the bounds of green building in New York.   We will also be hearing about the new addition to the Administration Building which has been built using passive house design principles.

Please assemble at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL).   We will be signing in USGBC attendees in the classroom inside the building, and then we’ll step outside to start the tour.

Register via the link to the left.  You will need to log-in with your email address and create a profile if you have not already done so.  You must use the email address associated with your Chapter membership account in order to receive the member's rate for registration.  Advance registration fees: $10 for Chapter members and $15 for the general public.  At the door: $15 for members and $20 for the public.  Non-member students can pay $15 at the door with a valid school ID.
About The Presenter:
We’re honored that our tour leader will be Robert “Skip” Backus, CEO Omega Institute:

Robert Backus is the chief executive officer of the Omega Institute. For more than 20 years he managed his own contracting business, building residential and light commercial projects, while overseeing Omega’s operations, including all of Omega’s buildings, such as the Sanctuary and the Ram Dass Library.

Robert Backus has provided visionary leadership for the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), an environmental education center and natural water reclamation facility. A model of sustainable architecture, the OCSL is a pioneering project in the Living Building Challenge™ and is the first green building in America to receive both LEED® Platinum and Living Building Challenge™ certification.
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