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Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and George Mason University expand partnership
Date:6/30/2011

ghly regarded institutions," said Aguirre. "These new facilities will allow our students to live and learn in a collaborative environment where conservation is happening every day."

The three new buildings will be LEED-certified Gold Standard and will model the best green practices, including green-roof technology, geothermal heating and cooling, composting kitchen waste, reuse of rainwater and storm-water management. The space will house classrooms, laboratories, dining and events facilities, dormitories and study halls.

SCBI serves as the umbrella for the Smithsonian's conservation science. The priority for SCBI's animal collection is veterinary and reproductive research. By living in controlled environments, the 22 speciesmost of them little-known and endangered birds and mammalsprovide ideal subjects for intensive study and the rapid acquisition of urgently needed information. Findings from these studies provide critical information for the management of captive populations and valuable insights for the conservation and management of wild populations.


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