Walking Mountains Science Center has elevated their sustainability program by adding SemaConnect Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations to their LEED Platinum Science Center in Avon, Colorado. The EV stations were added to meet the needs of the growing number of EV drivers and will be the first free and sustainably powered stations in Eagle County.
“Walking Mountains Science Center prides itself on being a leader in sustainability and environmental education in Colorado,” said Mark Pastrone, VP of Business Development at SemaConnect. “Adding EV charging stations to this science center will cement them as an environmental pioneer in one of the greenest states in the country. The stations will attract new visitors to the Science Center, and will be a great benefit and added amenity to regular guests.”
The stations will be free and open to all members of the public to use and will be powered by PV solar panels along with renewable energy from Holy Cross Energy. You’ll be able to use all of various mobile apps and websites to find out if the stations are available. Walking Mountains’ campus is designed to not only teach guests about sustainability, but to also inspire them to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
“We want to lead by example in Eagle County and are always looking for ways to be more sustainable along with inspiring a sense of stewardship within our community when it comes to sustainability best practices,” said Kim Langmaid, Founder, Vice President and Director of Sustainability and Stewardship Programs at Walking Mountains.
Walking Mountains Science Center showcases the most efficient technologies in building and design. They are the first science center in Colorado to achieve LEED Platinum Certification through unique, green systems. These green systems include efficient building, passive and active solar, ground source heat pumps, vegetated roofs and sustainable building materials.
“Our visitors now have the opportunity to charge their EV while they’re participating in one of our programs including guided nature walks, family Pre-K programs, evening science speakers series and more” said Langmaid. “Walking Mountains is always looking for new ways to foster environmental stewardship and educate about sustainability, now people can take action while they’re learning, it’s a win for our community.”
The addition of SemaConnect’s electric vehicle charging stations will add to their already impressive sustainable achievements. The stations were made possible through the “Charge Ahead Colorado” grant from the Colorado Energy Office as well as a generous donation from Holy Cross Energy.
About Walking Mountain Science Center
Walking Mountain Science Center’s mission is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural science education. With three locations and countless partner programs, the center showcases the highest levels of sustainable design and green building. The campus features spaces indoors and out for learning, research, multi-day excursions, interactive displays, and more. As an award-winning non-profit, Walking Mountains has been recognized for their efforts to preserve their natural surroundings and to promote environmental awareness and conservation.
SemaConnect is the leading provider of electric vehicle amenities to the North American commercial and residential property market. A complete EV support partner, SemaConnect delivers a truly modern property experience through innovative, elegantly designed charging stations and a robust and open network. The company has helped maximize property value and appeal through thousands of successful Class A deployments since its founding in 2008, for companies like CBRE, JLL, Hines, Greystar, Cisco Systems, and Standard Parking. SemaConnect remains the preferred charging solutions partner to municipal, parking, multifamily, hotel, office and retail customers across the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.semaconnect.com.