Welcome To Our Living Building
“Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficently as a flower.”
- Living Building Challenge
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To meet the challenge, the Hitchcock Center will:
- Restore contaminated soil of a former arsenic-contaminated apple orchard.
- Place an equal amount of land into permanent conservation restriction.
- Achieve Net Zero Energy through highly efficient building strategies and a 60 kW rooftop solar array
- Achieve Net Zero Water through composting toilets, rainwater collection storage, treatment for drinking water, and greywater filtration through a constructed wetland.
- Create landscapes that use native species to promote greater biodiversity.
- Use only chemical-free and non-toxic materials.
- Use locally sourced, salvaged, recycled, and sustainably harvested materials.
- Provide equal access to all of our community.
- Promote biophilia, the innate love for the natural world, through design artistry.
Founded in 1962, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment’s mission is to foster greater awareness and understanding of our environment and to develop environmentally literate citizens.
Our net zero energy, water, and waste building, built with responsibly sourced, nontoxic materials, is a powerful new teaching tool that supports a returned approach to achieving environmental literacy in the 21st century.
We are committed to providing accessible and affordable environmental education programs for people of all ages and abilities who seek greater environmental knowledge, understanding, and action in support of a more ecologically restorative and socially just future.
We invite you to join us in this commitment so that we may leave our children and our children’s children a safer, healthier, cleaner, and sustainable world.
Energy Data is continually collected in order to monitor real-time energy use and energy generation for the building
- Solar Generation
Energy Use Types
- Outlets Use
- Lights Use
- Mechanical Use