The Environmental Nature Center, Located within the City of Newport Beach, is a 4.5-acre property with the mission of "provid[ing] quality education through hands on experience with nature".
The goal of the ENC was to develop a LEED Platinum building that would serve as a visitor center, and which could allow for expansion of the ENC's educational programs. The new facility was designed to fit within the area where two existing, but outdated, buildings were located.
In addition to achieving LEED Platinum certification, the ENC is also a net-zero energy building. Measured energy use from 2009 indicates that over the course of the year the building exported 25,400 Kwh of excess energy to the local power grid.