Flat Rock Brook Nature Association

443 Van Nostrand Avenue , Englewood , NJ 07631

(201) 567-1265 • www.flatrockbrook.org



News advisory

October 14, 2008


Flat Rock Brook Celebrates New Solar Energy System


Nature Center 's Malcolm C. McKenna Solar Energy Project Utilizes Renewable Energy Technology



Flat Rock Brook Nature Association in Englewood, NJ, will celebrate the installation of a new solar energy system at a ceremony at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 19.


The solar panel installation is part of Flat Rock Brook's Green Agenda to educate the community on the importance of investing in renewable energy technologies. Named in honor of the late environmentalist and community leader, Malcolm C. McKenna, the project was made possible by rebates from New Jersey 's Clean Energy Program and a grant from the Nichols Foundation.


Flat Rock Brook's Board President, James T. Robison, will host the dedication ceremony, which will feature local environmental advocates, state and local officials, and Malcolm C. McKenna's wife, Priscilla. The ceremony will conclude with the cutting of ribbon streamers cascading from the Environmental Study Center rooftop.


The first phase of the solar energy system is comprised of 18 panels that are installed on the roof of Flat Rock Brook's Environmental Study Center . The second phase will involve an additional 28 panels and will be completed in December. The system will generate 11,000 kilowatt hours annually, which is more than the amount used each year in the average American household. During 30 years of the solar system's useful life, more than 120 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, 450 pounds of nitrogen oxide emissions and 700 pounds of sulfur dioxide emissions will be avoided.

The solar panel installation is the first step in Flat Rock Brook's green agenda, which began this spring when the nature preserve registered its building in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) process. The Nature Center hopes to have its building certified “Green” by the US Green Building Council by 2010.


Flat Rock Brook Nature Association is a non-profit, 150-acre nature preserve located at 443 Van Nostrand Avenue in Englewood, NJ. Permanently zoned as open space, the Nature Association's mission is to preserve the woodlands within its boundaries and provide outdoor experiences to thousands of adults and children each year.


For more information, contact: Stephen Wiessner, executive director, at 201-567-1265.




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