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Aug 022010

Empire State Building

From Green Right Now Reports

The Empire State Building has unveiled a $2 million interactive, multi-media sustainability exhibit at the second floor visitor’s center, which showcases a $20 million energy retrofit project that was announced in April 2009 with President Bill Clinton and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Building officials said the installation’s goal is to educate the millions of people who visit the building every year on the positive global impact of both energy efficient building and sustainable living practices. Upon completion of the program, the Empire State Building will reduce total energy usage by more than 38 percent, energy costs by $4.4 million annually, and carbon emissions by 105,000 metric tons over the next 15 years.

Seattle-based design firm Hornall Anderson created the exhibit, which translates the technical retrofit story into an experience that introduces the topic of energy efficiency in the context of the Empire State Building, New York City, and the planet. The exhibit includes 15 digital storytelling screens, 18 video players, and four projectors along with detailed visuals, statistics, and interactive screens guide visitors through the interactive and stylized exposition.

As visitors move through the exhibit they are educated on each of the eight major retrofit initiatives being implemented at the Empire State Building and exposed to statistics highlighting the positive dramatic environmental effects of the process. For example, one display demonstrates how energy consumption can be reduced by improving the massive systems that heat, cool and ventilate buildings. By communicating how many people making small changes in their everyday lives cause an impactful global change, visitors are educated on how to be energy efficient through opportunities in their life.

The Empire State Building sustainability exhibit is open seven days a week at the second floor visitor’s center during visiting hours from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information on the Empire State Building’s sustainability initiative and the building retrofit, visit www.esbsustainability.com.