The Nature Conservancy Takes “Green” Building to the Next Level (SustainIndy, Pt. 3)

In our previous post, we took a look at the new HealthNet Community Medical Center, a SustainIndy “green” public works project, and some of the advanced technologies used to create this environmentally-friendly public facility. Next, we’ll look at an even more aggressively environment-friendly project, the new “green” headquarters for the Indiana chapter of The Nature Conservancy in downtown Indianapolis.

SustainIndy Building Project: The Nature Conservancy – “LEEDing” the Way to a Greener Future

The new headquarters for the Indiana chapter of The Nature Conservancy was built with salvaged bricks, Indiana limestone and sustainably harvested Indiana hardwoods.

In another project, The Nature Conservancy’s Indiana Chapter is building the Efroymson Conservation Center, a new ‘green’ headquarters building in downtown Indianapolis. They are seeking LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. The building is designed to become the first platinum level LEED certified office building in Indiana.

“LEED” means Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a Green Building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

To qualify for platinum LEED certification, a building must score a minimum 52 out of a possible 56 points, in six separate categories:

  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy and atmosphere
  • Materials and resources
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Innovation and design process

The new Nature Conservancy Headquarters features beautiful, street-level landscaping consisting of native trees and plants best adapted to our Indiana environment.

The Nature Conservancy’s headquarters in downtown Indianapolis will be the bricks-and-mortar embodiment of the organization’s conservation mission, using salvaged bricks, Indiana limestone, and sustainably harvested Indiana hardwoods. The building will feature:

(Click links below to download PDF factsheets; links open in new windows)

For more information, download the Efroymson Conservation Center Certification factsheet. (PDF opens in new window)

We here at Thiele Heating & Air Conditioning want to offer our congratulations to The Nature Conservancy for helping to make Indianapolis a great place to live, now and in the future.

For information about how you can get involved by making your home more environmentally-friendly, call Thiele at (317) 639-1111, or visit