McHenry County Defenders: Recycling, Education & Advocacy
Design Coalition helped the McHenry County Defenders, "a non-profit citizens' organization devoted to the preservation and improvement of the environment," to plan their new facility, which combines office and educational work and the recycling center into a new, state-of-the-art sustainably designed building.
"The Defenders offer programs and activities which promote sustainable land use, energy and natural resource conservation and pollution prevention. We advocate policies, which protect our groundwater and high quality streams and wetlands. We demonstrate waste reduction through a recycling facility and reuse center in Woodstock with drop off locations elsewhere in the county and a commercial pick-up service. We encourage natural resource protection through planting native vegetation on various public lands and promoting natural landscaping."
General: Create a new showcase facility that can be a learning tool and an inspirational example for our membership, the public and the building professionDemonstrate leadership in state-of-the-art environmental and energy efficient design by using the most advanced, innovative and cost-effective products availableProtect and enhance indoor air quality to ensure the health, comfort and productivity of the occupants.
Energy: Maximize environmental and financial benefits via energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and sale of excess energy.
Materials: Use innovative, natural, renewable, low-toxic and/or recycled materials in place of conventional materials, to reduce toxic emissions from unsustainable manufacturing processes, and to demonstrate these materials' viability under actual conditions.
Structure: Demonstrate cutting-edge, cost-effective energy-efficient design and equipment throughout the building.
Grounds: Demonstrated environmentally-sound landscaping and water managmenet practices and include a dock with room for six or seven trailers, parking for one box truck and one van, and general parking.
Above: View towards the southeast.
Below: View west from the hight point of the site.