Did you know that when it opens, the Ark Encounter will be one of the largest “green” projects in America? During its construction over the next three years, the Ark Encounter—with nine themed attractions, including a full-size, all-wood Noah’s Ark—will have a team of designers that will be thinking green in every area and aspect of design.
Planning and designing to reduce demand on resources is a key to this green philosophy. Designing low-demand buildings and grounds, smart irrigation, low-demand electricity, alternative power sources (like wind, water, biomass, passive and active solar, and geothermal) all factor into the overall design.
Conservation and stewardship begin with design and continue into construction. On the construction site, recycling will be very important. It not only saves donor and investor dollars through the reduction of landfill charges, it reduces the load on the landfill.
God commands us in Genesis to have dominion—to be good stewards of the planet He has entrusted to us. We want to acknowledge the Creator and care for His creation in part through conservation and green technology. In a way, Answers in Genesis is challenging the secular environmental movement and putting the emphasis where it belongs: worshiping the Creator God and caring for His creation.