Blog: Living Building Project

Executive Director Julie Johnson Receives 2017 AIA Green Giants Award

Executive Director Julie Johnson was the recipient of this year’s Green Giants Award in recognition of her work to envision and fund the Hitchcock Center’s newly constructed living building.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Living Building Project on December 15, 2017.

Hitchcock Educators Travel to Latin America as Professional Fellows

Colleen Kelley, our Education Director, and Jessica Schultz, our Sustainability & Living Building Coordinator, have both been accepted into the Environmental Sustainability for Latin American Professional Fellows Program.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter, Living Building Project on December 15, 2017.

Building without toxins: Hitchcock Center shows how it’s done

By Maureen Turner for Going Green

Hitchcock Center serves as a powerful teaching tool for the rest of us.

Signs of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment’s commitment to sustainability are evident all around its South Amherst site: the large solar array on its roof, the rain barrels at the bottom of downspouts, the station for refilling water bottles in a hallway, the composting toilets in the restrooms. But many of the green measures the center took in constructing its new home, which opened in 2016, are not immediately visible to the eye. At a recent event, “Building without Toxins: Educating for a Healthy Material World,” the nonprofit organization highlighted some of those less immediately obvious measures, the result of thoughtful, even painstaking decisions made at every step of the construction process.

Published in eNewsletter, In the News, Living Building Project on November 9, 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.

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.

From Red List to Ready List

By Jonathan A. Wright

One of the primary goals of the Living Building Challenge (LBC) is to eliminate the use of known toxins in products installed in the built environment. If it is harmful to life – humans, animal or anything else – do not use it if at all possible. In 2016, Wright Builders Inc. completed two living buildings which will be evaluated for certification in the next 18-to-24 months. These projects gave us a unique opportunity to work inside the largely unexplored new world of materials research, vetting documentation, and research.

Published in In the News, Living Building Project on February 6, 2017.

Our First Living Building Season Sees a Bumper Crop of Visitors

On September 13, 2016, after four years of planning, designing, fundraising and building, the Hitchcock Center opened the doors to our new 9,000 square foot “living” building. In just our first week, we welcomed over 400 program participants and visitors through our Monarch Citizen Science, Caterpillar Lab, Nature Play Afterschool, Homeschool, Girls Into the Wild, Phenology, preK-12 Teacher Open House, and Building Tour programs!

Published in eNewsletter, Living Building Project on December 19, 2016.

Building for the Future Campaign Update 12-19-17 Completing the Vision

By Julie Johnson, Executive Director

Our initial $5.8M goal was ambitious, but thanks to the amazing outpouring of support from our local community, private foundations, and state and federal funding sources, we successfully achieved this fundraising goal! THANK YOU!

With a successfully concluded phase one of our campaign by creating an innovative new environmental learning center to support our expanded program aspirations and to serve as an effective teaching tool publicly demonstrating the principles of ecology and the practice of sustainability.

Published in eNewsletter, Living Building Project on December 19, 2016.

Honoring Representative Ellen Story: Our Hero for Healthy Planet

State Representative Ellen Story was honored with the Hitchcock Center’s Hero for a Healthy Planet Award at the annual Salamander Sunday Brunch on November 6th. Her service to the community and her commitment to seeking funding and support at the state level for the Center’s new “living” building has been unwavering. Presented by Julie Johnson, Hitchcock […]

Published in eNewsletter, Living Building Project on December 19, 2016.

Water Petal Case Study: Momentum in Massachusetts

There’s a quiet revolution underway in Massachusetts….

Published in In the News, Living Building Project on November 8, 2016.
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