Our Living Building Project

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The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is constructing a new 9,000 square foot environmental education center on Hampshire College land that it has secured through a 95-year ground lease. By taking the Living Building Challenge™, the most rigorous standard for green building in the world, the Center aims to be the first “living” environmental education center in New England.

Currently serving over 8,000 children, youth and adults each year, 30% of whom are from low-income households, the Hitchcock Center will open its doors to this revolutionary new building this fall 2016. Our program plans call for 40% more program participants, 45% of whom will be low-income, 250% more visitors, and a 50% increase in public hours.

On May 31, 2016, the Hitchcock Center enhanced its Building for the Future campaign goal by $900,000, from $5.8M to $6.7M. This enhanced goal will support the development of outdoor teaching spaces, accessible trails, and exhibits critical to promoting imagination, observation and creative learning opportunities for people thirsting for more knowledge, greater connection to nature, and pathways to a more restorative relationship with nature.

We call on the continued generosity of our community now in raising the last hard dollars needed to successfully complete this new world-class environmental learning center!

To learn more, click on the links below.

Hitchcock’s new “living” building site tour!

Thursday, July 14, 4:30-5pm
Join us at our our construction site for a free tour. Open to all, no registration required. Park and meet in the Red Barn parking lot at Hampshire College. Locate it on the map.

Learn more about our project:

Our invitation to you:

Your support will help us to welcome our community to the new “living” Hitchcock Center in 2016.

A special business challenge: The Beveridge Family Foundation, Inc. will match all business gifts of any amount, up to $40,000. Help us leverage these important community challenges.


Living Building Challenge™ and related logo is a trademark owned by the International Living Future Institute™ and is used with permission.