One of the greenest buildings in the nation is located in Little Rock. Heifer International Headquarters was specifically designed to be "green." From the land to the building materials, everything was designed with environmentally responsible methods and materials in mind.
The site chosen for the building was an abandoned railroad yard in a warehouse district. It needed cleaning up. So, Heifer took the challenge and removed 75,000 tons of "dirty" earth, lots of scrap and some dilapidated buildings. They used the masonry from some of the buildings for the new construction.
What makes it green:
The building uses less than half the energy of a typical office. How do they do it? The environment was considered in every step in building planning.
Irrigation water is collected from a restored wetland around three sides of the building. To cool the building, rainwater is collected from the roof and graywater from sinks and fountains. This water is also used in toilets . . . if they're not waterless. Many of the urinals are.
The layout of the building allows natural light in, allowing employees and visitors to use natural light. The building has light sensors which adjust for overcast days and night.
Where / Contact:
You can take a tour and learn everything you could ever want to know about the green building, Heifer's mission and more.
Tours are offered Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tours take about 30 minutes.
No reservation is required, but for groups larger than 15 please call two weeks in advance. Tours are designed for adults and families only. School groups, preschool through high school cannot be accommodated at this time.
For more information please call 501-907-2600.
Heifer has a ranch in Perryville, Arkansas (about 40 minutes outside of Little Rock) that is open to tours for drop-in visitors (10 or less) Monday-Saturday from 8-5 pm Central time. This ranch is lots of fun for kids because they get to learn about Heifer's mission and meet some of the animals including water buffalo, goats, chickens and camels. For info on the ranch, call 501-889-5124. Google Map to ranch
Heifer Village is an interactive global education facility. It's also, in traditional Heifer fashion, an environmentally sensitive facility. Read more.