“The Greenest Building” will be featured at 2012 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco in November.
(SAVANNAH, GA) A documentary that prominently features Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter, a temporary shelter and outreach service that serves youth from Savannah and the surrounding area, will be screened at the 2012 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco in November.
“The Greenest Building,” produced by Jane Turville, explores whether or not a newly constructed green building is the most sustainable choice and shows how renovation and adaptive use of existing structures can fully achieve the same environmentally friendly goals.
The East Henry Street facility that houses Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter was one of five buildings around the country featured in the documentary. The 24-hour shelter was renovated in 2008 and was one of the first LEED-certified nonprofit buildings in Savannah. Architectural services on the green renovation were provided by the Cowart Group, while J.T. Turner served as the contractor. Many other individuals and organizations, including the Savannah College of Art and Design, participated in and contributed to the renovation efforts.
“What drew me to Park Place Outreach was that it’s a house, something that every community has. It’s not an iconic building. All communities have buildings like Park Place Outreach,” said Turville, who is currently writing, producing and directing a series titled “The People Problem: Are There Too Many of Us?” that explores overpopulation. “Park Place Outreach shatters any belief that a green building or a preservation project only happens when certain people and organizations are involved. Anyone can do it. It’s very inspiring.”
“Park Place Outreach helped set a precedent in Savannah by earning LEED certification. It really showed their commitment to both their staff as well as those utilizing their services,” said sustainability and green building expert Tommy Linstroth, founder and principal of Trident Sustainability Group. “They aren’t there just to provide support and a roof over your head—they are giving you a healthy, inviting, high-performance environment to be in.”
“The Greenest Building” will be screened during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo’s Greenbuild Film Festival. Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. For more information on “The Greenest Building,” visit www.thegreenestbuildingmovie.com. For more information on the 2012 Greenbuild conference, visit www.greenbuildexpo.org.
About Park Place Outreach, Inc.
Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter provides support for troubled children and teens from Savannah and the surrounding area. The shelter is open 24 hours a day to youth in crisis, adolescents who are homeless, young people who have been abused, runaway youth, or those who may be contemplating how to run away. Opened in 1984 as Marshlands Foundation, Inc. (dba the Savannah Runaway Home), Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter provides counseling and other services to boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17. The organization’
Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This program is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, USDA Breakfast/Lunch Program, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Department of Human Services, City of Savannah, United Way, FEMA and other community resources. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org. An informational video about Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is available at YouTube by searching for “Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter.”