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 green building initiatives,” said Amy Johns, director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives.
The Environmental Center, which opened last fall after a renovation and expansion, is the centerpiece of campus-wide sustainability efforts. The college is aiming for the center to be certified as a Living Building. The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is the most rigorous and advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment. It is believed that the Environmental Center would be the first historic renovation to achieve Living Building status. To do so, the Environmental Center must demonstrate over the course of a year that it can perform as a net-zero energy and net-zero water building. It is currently in the midst of that performance period, with the center’s energy production and energy and water consumption being carefully tracked.
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