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Small Wonders: Using Science and Nature to Grow Young Minds Program Empowers Early Childhood Educators

Hitchcock Center’s Small Wonders: Using Science and Nature to Grow Young Minds project engaged over 200 early childhood educators during the 2018-19 school year, to increase the integration of science and nature into early childhood programs and schools throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on October 7, 2019.

Hitchcock Center Teaches in Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Mount Holyoke College

By Jessica Schultz

The Hitchcock Center has partnered with Mount Holyoke College to provide core science curriculum training for Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) pre-service teachers. The program, taught by Education Director Colleen Kelley, has run for 5 weeks at the Hitchcock Center this fall.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on October 7, 2019.

Elizabeth Farnsworth Native Fern Garden Dedicated

The Elizabeth Farnsworth Native Fern Garden and Fern Cobble were unveiled and dedicated at the Hitchcock Center on August 8, 2019 by a cohort of Elizabeth’s long-time friends and colleagues. The garden and cobble nearly 30 of the 58 native ferns species in New England, tucked along the shady northern edge of the Center’s pathway to the Den Play area and trails beyond.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on October 7, 2019.

Build Better Podcast Features Hitchcock Center

Hitchcock Center’s Living Building Coordinator Jessica Schultz and architect Sam Batchelor of designLAB architects were featured on the Build Better podcast. In this segment, Jessica and Sam talk about what it means to build a Living Building, how the building can be design to be a teaching tool, and how we use the building to promote environmental and social change.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Living Building Project on October 7, 2019.

Leadership Training Campers Develop Long-Term Skills

By Katie Koerten and Peter Lamdin

The Hitchcock Center’s Leadership Training Camp (LTC) just had its sixth summer. Created in 2014, its mission is to grow leadership skills in an immersive outdoor setting. The result has been six years of campers who are increasingly comfortable taking risks in the outdoors and providing their peers with constructive leadership feedback. One of Hitchcock’s most popular summer camp programs, LTC feels like it gets better each year. Much of its strength and success comes from the campers themselves. 

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Nature Summer Camp on October 7, 2019.

Build Better Podcast Episode 11: Sam Batchelor and Jessica Schultz discuss the Hitchcock’s recent recognition of being the 23rd Living Building in the world

In Episode #11 of the Build Better podcast, Anastasia chats with Sam Batchelor of designLAB Architects and Jessica Schultz of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment to discuss the Hitchcock Center’s recent global recognition as the 23rd living building in the world and the 4th in Massachusetts. They detail how the Hitchcock Center achieved the certification and how they are both educating people on the importance of building sustainably.

Published in Blog, In the News, Living Building Project on July 10, 2019.

Welcome 2019 Nature Summer Camp Staff

Hello and welcome to Nature Summer Camp 2019! We are incredibly excited for our third Nature Summer Camp at the new Hitchcock Center. The counselors, Katie and I have been as busy as beavers around here getting ready for the first day of camp next week. We can’t wait to meet all the campers! I […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Nature Summer Camp on June 26, 2019.

Hitchcock Center Receives Certified Living Award as 23rd Building in the World to Achieve Living Building Challenge

On May 7th, the Hitchcock Center received the Certified Living Award for achieving the Living Building Challenge 2.1 (LBC) for it’s new headquarters! Executive Director, Julie Johnson received the award in person at the Living Future UnConference in Seattle, WA, the annual regenerative design conference organized by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The certification award, considered the most prestigious level of sustainable design and operation in the world, represents the successful completion of the Center’s new building. It is only the 23rd building in the world to achieve this goal, and the 4th in Massachusetts.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Living Building Project on June 1, 2019.

The Living Future unConference Emphasizes Equity in Sustainable Design

By Erin Langner

“The Living Future Challenge was the first metric where I saw my culture reflected,” said designer and Arizona State University professor Wanda Dalla Costa during the Living Future unConference, a multi-industry gathering focused on sustainable design. This year’s iteration—the thirteenth—was hosted in Seattle from April 30–May 3.

Published in In the News, Living Building Project on May 10, 2019.

Amherst’s Hitchcock Center 23rd building in world to win green award

By Scott Merzbach

Three years after the Hitchcock Center for the Environment opened a new learning center at 845 West St., at the edge of the Hampshire College campus, the building is demonstrating the possibilities of a resilient, self-sufficient building.With a third-party audit complete and 12 months of continuous operation showing the building is performing as designed, the Hitchcock Center’s headquarters became the 23rd building across the globe, most of which are in the United States, to earn a Certified Living Building Award from the International Living Future Institute.Presented May 2 to Executive Director Julie Johnson at the Living Future UnConference, an international sustainability conference in Seattle, the award means that the center has earned designation through the Living Building Challenge, considered the most rigorous standard for green buildings.

Published in In the News, Living Building Project on May 10, 2019.
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