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ITD Partnership Strengthens Cultural, Environmental, and Sustainability Exchange

For three weeks in May, Cristian Velez from Iquitos, Peru and Carlos Macotela from San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico joined the Hitchcock Center staff to learn about educational methods and sustainability. Cristian and Carlos were participating in the Institute for Training and Development’s (ITD) Professional Fellows Program in Environmental Sustainability. The Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on June 22, 2017.

Living Building Recharge!

By Julie Johnson

After nearly 8 years of planning, designing and constructing the Hitchcock Center’s new living building, I attended the annual conference of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) in Seattle, WA, the people who brought us the Living Building Challenge. Held over 5 days in May, the focus of this conference is more than simply how we can transform the built environment. It’s about how we can transform society.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Living Building Project on June 22, 2017.

ECOmmute App Created by Amherst High School Student

Eric Thompson-Martin has just completed his junior at Amherst Regional High School. In his free time, he created an app called ECOmmute that encourages commuting by bike to reduce emissions. Have you tried it? He writes: My mission is to inspire the community to lower their emissions while saving money, and living healthier. The idea […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on June 21, 2017.

Animal Care Blog – Background and Purpose

By Patrick O’Roark

I’d like to take a moment to step back and take a broad view of the Hitchcock Animal Care blog. The original impetus for writing it was that I was setting up our native species freshwater aquarium, which was a lengthy and very visible process. I was getting a lot of questions from both staff and the public who were curious as to how it was coming along and when they could expect to see fish in it. I wanted to be able to give a thorough response that could easily reach a lot of people. A blog that I could refer people to seemed like a great solution.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Hitchcock Animal Care on June 15, 2017.

Building Without Toxins: Educating for a Healthy Material World

Join materials, toxics, and living building experts for a conversation on toxins in the built environment and how making toxic-free choices in materials is possible.

Published in Living Building Project on June 5, 2017.

Go Solar and Support the Hitchcock Center

We are excited to be working with PV Squared to benefit our eco-friendly Hitchcock supporters! There is one week left for you to reach out to PV Squared about going solar through this limited-time promotion to earn $500 for the Hitchcock Center — it ends on May 15th. You can visit their website or call (413) 772-8788 to learn more.

Published in eNewsletter on May 8, 2017.

Cycling the Painted Turtle Aquarium

By Patrick o’Roark

Recently we unexpectedly received two painted turtles at the Hitchcock Center. They were surrendered to us by someone that couldn’t give them the care they needed anymore. I’m not entirely sure if they were captive bred or taken from the wild, but based on their behavior it is clear that they’ve been pets for a good portion of their life.

Published in Blog, Hitchcock Animal Care on April 5, 2017.

A Partnership to Last: Hitchcock and Hampshire College

By Ted Watt

Building our new living environmental education center on Hampshire College land brings us even more in-depth opportunities to partner with Hampshire College faculty, students and staff.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on March 24, 2017.

Connecting More Children to Nature Summer Camp

We often hear from parents that their children treasure their summers at Hitchcock Center’s Nature Summer Camp. For many, camp is a formative childhood experience. We think all children should have this opportunity.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on March 24, 2017.

Every Kid in a Park

By Julie Johnson

Convincing today’s wired kids that nature is more exciting than technology is a hard sell. So Hitchcock Center educators have been working to develop ways for children to integrate technology with their experiences in nature.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on March 24, 2017.
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