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Thursday, June 20 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Living Building Tour: R.W. Kern Center

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Come explore the R.W. Kern Center, one of just 23 certified Living Buildings in the world.

We’ll lift the lid on the composting toilets, check in on the rooftop solar, and see how we keep tabs on where the electricity goes. Check out the greywater system to learn how wastewater is filtered via the building's indoor plants and sent outdoors to a constructed wetland. See how rainwater is collected, filtered, and treated to make drinking water. We'll also take look at the finishes and materials that make up a Living Building, and some clever and puzzling details you might miss on a casual walk-through. This tour is an authentic account of what makes our Living Building tick- the challenges, setbacks, and successes.

Speakers
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Sara Draper

R.W. Kern Center Director of Educational Program and Outreach, Hampshire College
Sara Draper is the Director of Education and Outreach at Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center, a certified Living Building and hub of sustainability culture and engagement. In her role as “building ambassador” Sara works across campus and beyond to make the most of the educational... Read More →
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Christopher Nielson

Architect, Bruner/Cott Architects
Christopher is passionate about design that respects our building heritage, supports community, and addresses the issues of climate change. As project architect for the Kern Center, Christopher brought project goals and ideas to life, working closely with the rest of the project team... Read More →