Nov. 24, 2014
By Laura Finney
York Region has honoured York Region chairperson and CEO Bill Fisch for his 17 years of service by naming the new educational facility in the York Regional Forest after him.
“I am truly honoured to have this unique educational facility carry my name,” said Fisch. York Region council has been a strong supporter of the greening strategy, of which education and stewardship are integral components.
The design of this building puts all sustainable best practices into play and will be an essential part of York Regional Forest educational programs.
The William Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre will highlight sustainability and demonstrate how technology can save energy, water and reduce an environmental footprint.
It is designed to target living building challenge certification and leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) platinum requirements.
Features of the centre include energy and water efficiencies, an environmental education classroom, a boardroom and meeting space, a flexible design to allow for larger indoor events, a green wall and sustainable wood products.
The centre is under construction in the Hollidge Tract of the York Regional Forest in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. It is near York Region’s first fully accessible forest trail.
It is expected to be finished by next spring.