Our Living Building Project
The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is taking the Living Building Challenge in the construction of its world-class 9,000 square foot environmental education center. Open to the public in the Fall of 2016, we aspire to be the first “living” environmental education center in New England after we complete the 12-month performance review process for full Living Building Certification conducted by the International Living Future Institute auditors. We will need to meet 20 performance imperatives including net zero energy and water, use of nontoxic and locally sourced building materials, maintaining healthy indoor air quality, completing a one-time carbon offset for construction, meeting the habitat exchange requirement by placing an equal amount of land developed into a permanent conservation restriction, and much more.
For more information on how this magnificent new “building as educator” deepens our environmental education programs for all ages, view this informational guide or visit the links below.
Our Living Building Tour Program
The Hitchcock Center has provided building tours for over 1,000 visitors including students of all ages, community members, sustainability and design professionals from every state in New England, as well as New York and Georgia, and visitors from countries including Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia, and Israel. We welcome you to stop in and visit us during our open hours, join a tour, or learn more right now with our informational guide.
Public Building Tours: Spring Tour Dates
First Fridays at 4pm: April 7, May 5, June 2
Third Wednesdays at 12pm: April 19, May 17, June 21
FREE but please register online
Come meet our newest educator – our building! It is designed to model systems in nature, it is net zero energy, net zero water, has composting toilets, and has been made with responsibly sourced non-toxic materials, come check it out at one of our bi-monthly tours. Tours typically last from 1-1.5 hours.
Private Building Tours
The Hitchcock Center offers private group building tours, based on availability. The fee for these tours is $50/group. Please limit group size to 15-20 for the best experience. Please contact Jessica Schultz, Living Building Coordinator, to arrange your group’s tour. Tours typically last from 1-1.5 hours.
Note: We are pleased to be able to offer spanish language translators for our building tours. If you or someone you know could benefit from translation, please let us know in advance, so that we may schedule a translator for your tour date.
Learn more about our project
- Living Building and Site Features
- Outdoor Classroom, Trails and Exhibit Plan
- The Living Building Challenge
- Our Program Growth
- Our Design/Build Team
- Blog Updates
- Project Photo Gallery
- Project Video Gallery
- Project in the News
- Our Capital Campaign Committee