Our Living Building

In fall 2016, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment concluded Phase One of our Building for the Future campaign, raising $5.8 million and opening the doors to a beautiful and inspirational, 9,000-square-foot “living” environmental education center.

Our net zero energy building harvests and recycles its own water, uses composting toilets, and was constructed with responsibly sourced, nontoxic materials. It is a powerful teaching tool that supports a new approach to achieving environmental literacy in the 21st century.

We are grateful for every gift that helped us to:

Design and construct a building that
will meet the most advanced measure of sustainability in our built environment through the Living Building Challenge™. Click here to view a time-lapse video of the construction of our building from start to finish.

Triple our capacity for educating the next generation of environmental decision makers, advocates, and leaders through three exhibits and adaptive state-of-the-art educational classrooms, a welcoming and engaging Visitor Center, and a community meeting room.

Click to visit our interactive building dashboard.

Implement an innovative exhibit plan that demonstrates how we can use nature’s wisdom to create a healthier and more sustainable future. Click here to view our interactive building dashboard (best viewed on a laptop or computer screen) to see how our building functions.

We could not have accomplished so much without the shared vision and support of our community. Thank you!

Building for the Future: Phase Two

TODAY, with the incredible momentum and success of Phase One Campaign, we invite your interest and participation in Phase Two of our Building for the Future Campaign. Phase Two seeks to raise an additional $940,000 to fully realize our vision – a world-class environmental education center that draws upon lessons learned from nature to create a sustainable future.


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