Press Release: Hitchcock Center’s Building Receives Top Award and Global Recognition as the 23rd in the World to Achieve Living Building Status.

Amherst, MA, May 6 — Executive Director Julie Johnson of the Hitchcock Center has returned to Western Massachusetts from an international sustainability conference with a Living Certified Award that recognizes the Center’s visionary leadership in creating a building that gives more than it takes and inspires thousands of people to take action for a more sustainable future.  

Published in In the News, Living Building Project on May 7, 2019.

Salamander Work for All Ages

By Jeff Mazur

In mid-March they learned about the Spotted Salamanders and their migration and mating habits from Environmental Educator Ted Watt and Homeschool Instructor Jeff Mazur. The group also ventured to the tunnels to do the annual required clean up. They raked out the tunnels with an extendable hoe made of rebar. They removed leaves and debris from the fencing, which is designed to direct the salamanders to the tunnels. And they did a general clean up of the area, removing multiple garbage bags worth of trash.

Published in eNewsletter on May 1, 2019.

MA Youth Climate Strike Organizers Lead the Way: Interview with Saraphina Forman

By Saraphina Forman

I think I’ve always believed that it is everyone’s responsibility to protect the world around them and protect the future — you can’t sit by passively and expect things to be solved.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on April 3, 2019.

MA Youth Climate Strike Organizers Lead The Way: Interview with Stephanie Kuplast

By Stephanie Kuplast

I was honestly fed up with inaction by adults. Our elected officials have largely refused to recognize the climate crisis, and when some do choose to acknowledge climate change, they often do so with a comfortable, though inaccurate timeframe. A lot of scientists, teachers and otherwise well-meaning adults encourage me to study this stuff in college, and hopefully I could bring about change in my future career. I don’t have the time to do that. We need systemic change now in order to stop the kids who are scared to death of climate change.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on April 3, 2019.

Hitchcock Youth Talk About Importance of Hitchcock’s Leadership Training Program

By James Aas, Sydney Mager, and Salim Saulsberry

I think the leadership camp goes over and teaches many great skills but it’s how they execute teaching these skills that’s one of the best parts about the camp.

Published in Blog, eNewsletter on March 4, 2019.

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.
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