A TRIBUTE TO BERNHEIM FOREST; Congressional Record Vol. 155, No. 149
(Extensions of Remarks - October 15, 2009)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                      A TRIBUTE TO BERNHEIM FOREST

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                           HON. BRETT GUTHRIE

                              of kentucky

                    in the house of representatives

                       Thursday, October 15, 2009

  Mr. GUTHRIE. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the Bernheim Forest 
and their recent recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency.
  The Bernheim Forest Arboretum Visitors Center in Clermont, Kentucky 
won two of EPA's Lifecycle Building Challenge awards for a professional 
building and for a building with the best greenhouse gas reduction.
  EPA's Lifecycle Building Challenge recognizes innovative green 
building ideas that reduce environmental and energy impacts. Reusing 
building materials assists the building industry in reducing more than 
88 million tons of building-related construction and demolition debris 
that are typically sent to landfills in the United States each year.
  The Bernheim Forest Arboretum Visitors Center incorporates the 
surrounding forest into the building's design. The staff and board at 
the Bernheim Forest are committed to our natural environment and this 
visitor's center is a solid example of that commitment.
  Construction of the center emphasized safe materials made of 
biological nutrients, which break down to safely return to forest soil, 
as well as technical nutrients, which can be remanufactured into new 
objects.
  I congratulate the work of the individuals who made this building a 
reality and honor the staff and board at Bernheim Forest, whose passion 
for the environment make it possible for Kentuckians to connect with 
nature.

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