How do we build and live in toxin-free buildings?

By Jessica Schultz

The modern environmental movement began with Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring,” about widespread contamination of land and water by DDT and other long-lasting pesticides. Developed in the 1940s, these chemicals went into wide use after World War II. But evidence mounted that they persisted in the environment and accumulated in animal and human tissue; as a result, DDT and most related pesticides have been phased out in the U.S. and elsewhere.However, another class of toxic compounds that were developed around the same time — perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS), with some of the same environmental and health concerns — continue to be used in a host of consumer products and building materials. They are now found in the bodies of virtually all humans and are considered to be ubiquitous throughout the web of life.When we think about what materials to incorporate into the construction of the places where we live and work, do we really want to use any product containing toxic, persistent chemicals?

Published in Earth Matters, Living Building Project on February 22, 2019.

Artwork by Deborah Savage Illustrates Nature Themes Throughout Hitchcock Center

By Casey Beebe

We were so pleased this past year to work again with local artist and writer Deborah Savage with support from an exhibit grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. Deborah painted some beautiful, true to life, educational mural panels for our composting restrooms and background habitat paintings for our turtles and snake.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter, Living Building Project on February 19, 2019.

The New Living Hitchcock Center Building as a Teaching Tool – Yes!

By Ted Watt Our Living Building has zero-net-energy and zero-net-water systems that keep us functioning. As part of our on-going process of settling into the building we have been developing curriculum using the building’s features in our teaching. Our goal is teaching young people about alternative technologies that use fewer resources from the planet. Engineering […]

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter, Living Building Project on February 15, 2019.

Press Release: Hitchcock Center Receives Boston Society of Architects Honor Award for Sustainable Design

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment with designLAB Architects received the Boston Society of Architects’ (BSA) 2018 Honor Award for Sustainable Design, presented in Boston on January 17, 2019.

Published in In the News, Living Building Project on February 15, 2019.

Balanced and Barefoot Author Speaks to Strengthening Kids Body Systems

By Katie Koerten

On January 17 and 18, 2019 the Hitchcock Center hosted a talk called “Balanced and Barefoot” by Angela Hanscom, author of a recent book by the same name. Angela is a pediatric occupational therapist whose career has led her to creating an international outdoor play organization called Timbernook.

Published in Blog, Educator Resources, eNewsletter on February 12, 2019.

Colleen Kelley Receives Title Nine’s #GiftedWomen Award

Education Director Colleen Kelley has been selected by women’s athletic apparel company Title Nine as one of two nationwide #GiftedWomen in recognition of her 35 years educating children and youth at the Hitchcock Center. Her $500 award will help to support the Colleen Kelley Discovery Yard at the Hitchcock Center, an engaging outdoor exploration and play space for children and their families.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on January 7, 2019.

Help Us Raise $10,000 for Scholarships on Giving Tuesday

By Marcus Simon Giving Tuesday is today, November 27th! Giving Tuesday is a global day of online giving – a chance to give back and strengthen our commitment to our community. This year, there is no Valley Gives Day, so the Valley Gives on #ValleyGivingTuesday! We have an exciting opportunity: a $5,000 match to support […]

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 27, 2018.

Hitchcock Launches New Environmental Justice Program Series

By Casey Beebe

The Hitchcock Center’s Casey Beebe and long time Hitchcock affiliate Pete Westover, Joe Anderson (Hamshire College’s Environmental Sustainability Alumni Fellow) and Tim Zimmerman (Jonathan Lash Chair and Assistant Professor of Environmental Education at Hampshire College) are working together to offer a new monthly Environmental Justice series.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 26, 2018.

2018 Western Mass. Youth Climate Summit Empowers Students to Make Change

By Jessica Schultz

What do you do if you are a high school student concerned about climate change? At the Hitchcock Center, we offer students the opportunity to attend the Western Mass Youth Climate Summit to grow their knowledge and prepare to take action within their school community.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 15, 2018.

Birding Programs for Youth this December

By Katie Koerten

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is excited to be weaving a birding theme through three programs this December to connect young people with the avian world.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on November 1, 2018.
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