Cope Environmental Center
Cope Environmental Center is situated on 130 beautiful acres in Centerville, Indiana. The property features over three miles of hiking trails meandering through hardwood forests, grasslands, over 12 acres of prairie, three wetlands, and two ponds, and a significant collection of conifers. The property is used by hikers daily and is the outdoor classroom for thousands of school students each year. The trails also host hundreds of summer campers in June and July and provide a beautiful setting for community groups and events.
Cope Environmental Center’s new facility expands the capacity for environmental programs, serves as a community gathering space, and acts as a powerful teaching tool for sustainable living in East-Central Indiana. CEC firmly believes that the center’s new facilities exemplify its philosophy and mission to promote the sustainable use of the earth’s resources. For this reason, CEC decided to participate in the Living Building Challenge, which has arguably the most rigorous green building standards in the world, even beyond LEED. Currently, only 12 buildings in the United States have reached “Living Building” certification. CEC hopes to be among the next in line.
In addition, with CEC as the “trailhead” for Indiana’s Bicentennial Legacy Conservation Area and Children of Indiana Nature Park, the building is launching point and orientation space for the thousands of students and visitors from across the state coming to CEC to learn about conservation and sustainability since 2016.