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Envi Center Achieves Petal Certification for Living Building Challenge

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LBC Petal Certification Case Study: the Envi Center

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NESEA Pro Tour of the Envi Center

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Building Water Update

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All Gender Restrooms

The bathrooms at the Environmental Center are now listed on Refuge Restrooms. Refuge Restrooms collects information to locate ability accessible and gender inclusive restrooms. We also sent an email to Living Building Challenge to ask if gender inclusive bathrooms could be included in in their standards of the Equity Petal to achieve the challenge. They emailed

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Living Building: Year One

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Creating Interpretive Signage

Quan Do ’19 spent the summer designing interpretive signage for the Environmental Center that illustrates how the building is attempting to achieve Living Building Certification and that highlights unique building features.  The signage is up all around the building and touches on energy, water, building materials, historic renovation, garden spaces, and more. The draft signage just

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Tours for the Community on August 3

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., July 25, 2016—The Class of 1966 Environmental Center at Williams College is offering tours of the building for the community from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3. Light snacks will be offered. Children are welcome. “We welcome the community to tour the Environmental Center to learn more about sustainability and

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Why the Long Grass?

The Environmental Center landscape design works to restore the natural resources of the site by cleansing on-site rainwater and wastewater for future use, (i.e. irrigation & internal building use) and establish plant communities that function as biological islands to enhance wildlife habitat, attract insect and pollinators, which increase agricultural productivity. These landscapes provide great environmental

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What is Living about this Building?

While the Class of 1966 Environmental Center doesn’t breathe, it is self-sufficient in a number of ways. It produces – or harvests – all the energy that the building needs to operate from four solar arrays sprinkled around the site. (For a time lapse video of our solar trackers in action, click here.) The building captures, stores, and

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