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Stroud Water Research Center’s Moorhead Environmental Complex

October 2, 2021 - January 15, 2022

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The Moorhead Environmental Complex at Stroud Water Research Center was constructed to support the Stroud Center’s environmental education and public outreach. Even though the Moorhead Environmental Complex occupies only a small portion of the Stroud Center’s campus, the innovations associated with its construction have made all elements of the water cycle more sustainable for the entire campus.

The building utilizes and treats water in a way that more closely mimics nature — leaving a smaller overall environmental footprint, better protecting the White Clay Creek, and acting as both a teaching vehicle and a replicable model for others to follow.

In “teaching by doing,” the Stroud Center influences every individual who experiences its programs. This environmental education and public outreach center serves as a platform from which the Stroud Center continues leading the way.

The below points are further outlined in the video and show the features that helped to contribute to the overall LEED Platinum designation of the Moorhead Environmental Complex.
• Natural landscaping to increase infiltration and reduce runoff and related non-point source pollution.
• Innovative wastewater techniques including composting toilets and a constructed wetland wastewater treatment system.
• Solar panels generate clean renewable energy that is supplemented by green power certificates equal to 50% of the Stroud Center’s electricity needs.
• Geothermal heating and cooling and radiant heating systems
• Wherever possible, materials for the Moorhead Environmental Complex were regionally sourced, sustainably harvested, reclaimed, or recycled.


October 2, 2021
January 15
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Jessica Provinski


Sustainable Features
Composting, Electric Vehicle(s), Energy Efficiency Upgrades, Geothermal, Grey Water System, Heat Pump(s), Integrated Systems
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System Size (in kW):
17.860 kW
Solar Site Type
Nonprofit Organization
Stroud Water Research Center