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Columnist Jonathan Wright: Kern Center a first for the the planet

By Jonathan Wright

A recent Gazette article on the award-winning R. W. Kern Center at Hampshire College, also commenting on its beautiful sister-ship, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, on the Hampshire campus, gives the reader a sense of the scope of the Living Building Challenge undertaking and the achievement (“Hampshire College’s new building earns national award for sustainability,” June 5).

Published in In the News on July 12, 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.

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.

A Watershed Monument

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc

Published in In the News, Living Building Project on October 7, 2016.

Nuevo centro educacional Hitchcock Center en Amherst completamente de energía neta cero

By Damaris Perez-Pizarro

La gran apertura del nuevo centro educacional Hitchcock Center Education for a Healthy Planet dio lugar en su nueva ubicación 845 West Street, Amherst, el sábado 1 de octubre donde un sin número de familias, líderes de la comunidad y líderes políticos se dieron cita para ser testigos de tan importante edificio para la comunidad del Western Massachusetts, los niños y el planeta en general.

Published in In the News on October 3, 2016.

Hampshire College Welcomes Hitchcock Center for the Environment to its Cultural Village

By John Courtmanche

The Hampshire College campus will be a place of learning for some 10,000 more students of all ages each year as the college’s latest Cultural Village partner, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, celebrates its grand opening on Saturday, October 1. Eighteen months after signing a 95-year ground lease with the College, The Hitchcock Center has relocated from its previous home north of campus to its newly built 9,000-square-foot facility located between the Red Barn and the Hampshire College Farm, with access to nature trails and a range of ecological habitats on the College’s property.

Published in In the News on October 1, 2016.

Hitchcock celebrates new $5.8M home

By Stephanie Murray

An oversized plush turtle scurried across the floor of the new Hitchcock Center for the Environment on Saturday afternoon. It wiggled left. It wiggled right. Out popped five-year-old Vasu Bombardier from beneath the giant stuffed animal.

Published in In the News on October 1, 2016.

Amherst’s Hitchcock Center migrates to new building this weekend

By Diane Lederman

While salamanders typically migrate in the spring, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment — which has the amphibian as its mascot — is preparing for an off-season migration of its own.

Published in In the News, Living Building Project on September 29, 2016.

22 New Things to Check Out in Western Massachusetts

By Visit Hampshire County

With the return of the school year and the changing of seasons among us, we’re heading into one of the best times of the year in Western Massachusetts. As you plan your fall visits to Hampshire County, be sure to consider adding the some of these new places and events to your itinerary!

Published in In the News, Living Building Project on September 16, 2016.

A River Runs Through It

By Darcy Boyle

Concrete artists from EnnisArt have taken a standard concrete floor of the recently built Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst, Mass., and turned it into a beautiful depiction of the region’s Connecticut River Watershed.

Published in In the News, Living Building Project on September 15, 2016.
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