Public invited to tour new Mesa Verde Research Center

The public is invited to tour the utility systems of the new Visitor Research Center (VRC) at Mesa Verde on Monday, April 22, at 1:30 p.m. Frank Cope, chief of facilities at Mesa Verde, will provide a tour and of the on-site renewable energy systems which provide 95 percent of the building energy requirements. These systems include a micro hydro generator, a 75KW solar array, and a geo thermal loop system and are coordinated through a computerized Building Automation System. The building was recently awarded a Platinum level certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council for these renewable energy systems together with numerous other sustainable features.

Meet in the lobby of the VRC located at the park's entrance just off Highway 160. Empire Electric will provide light refreshments. For further information, call Susan Thomas at (970) 739-3158.