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GEHC holds event to highlight sustainable features
The Environmental and Heritage Center’s turtle pond is one of the features highlighted during its Build It Green event Jan. 19. - photo by For Get Out

Having the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified building in Gwinnett County, The Environmental and Heritage Center plans to highlights its sustainable features with a Build It Green event.

Build It Green will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at the EHC. Program fees are $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 3 to 12 and free for children 2 and younger and EHC members.

During the event, the EHC plans to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and feature its sloped vegetated roof, which is one of the largest in the country.

Activities for guests also will include constructing a model building with recycled and edible materials, learning about the relationship between architecture and ecosystems and understanding how green building methods benefit the watershed.

Guests will attempt to design an earthquake-proof building and test its resilience on a LEGO EV3 shake board. Opportunities to experiment and build with K’NEX and photovoltaic cells will be available as well as some free building LEGO and K’NEX stations.

As an added bonus to the day, the EHC will offer multiple showings of the recent premier of NatGeo Wild’s “Pond Stars.” The reality television show features details on the design and build of the EHC’s new turtle pond.

“The EHC is excited about its Build It Green event,” EHC programming director Jason West said. “The event will contain a host of activities connected to science, technology, engineering and math that families can do and enjoy together.”

For more information on the Build It Green event and the Environmental and Heritage Center, visit

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