Sustainability

Building Better: Passive House

By |2020-06-15T11:46:02-04:00June 15th, 2020|Buildings, Construction, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Sustainability|

Construction has remained largely the same for the last hundred years or so, with the exception of design and the occasional new technology or introduction of safer materials. In 1996, that changed with The Passive House Certification, which originally began in Germany under the name PassivHaus. It focuses on using the natural elements surrounding the

Building Better: The Living Building Challenge

By |2020-06-01T12:23:47-04:00June 1st, 2020|Architecture, Buildings, Construction, Energy Efficiency, Green Build, New Construction Team, Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Uncategorized|

The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is an educational center that aims to develop a deeper bond between humans and the natural world. The Hitchcock Center is a certified living building located on the Hampshire College campus in Amherst, overlooking the Holyoke Range. The Center for EcoTechnology was able to help The Hitchcock Center measure

Building Better: Multifamily High Performance Buildings

By |2020-05-21T07:49:10-04:00May 21st, 2020|Architecture, Buildings, Construction, Energy Efficiency, Green Build, Home Energy Ratings, New Construction Team, Sustainability, Uncategorized|

Above is an image of The Lumberyard – an affordable housing complex located in the heart of Northampton, Massachusetts. At first glance, it may look like any new apartment complex, but this building is a highly energy efficient multifamily building. The efficiency of the Lumberyard was measured using the Home Energy Rating System (HERS), a

Food for Thought: Diverting Wasted Food From Higher Education

By |2020-05-04T11:20:31-04:00May 1st, 2020|Composting, Education, Food Donation, Food Waste, RecyclingWorks, Sustainability, Uncategorized, Waste Diversion|

Forty percent of food in America is wasted; yet even while we are throwing away edible food, one in eight Americans remain food insecure. This discrepancy between resource availability and need is important now more than ever. With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, many food service providers are finding themselves left with surplus food

Earth Day Celebrates 50 Years!

By |2020-04-22T08:17:51-04:00April 22nd, 2020|Climate Change, Earth Month, Education, Energy Efficiency, Recycling, Renewable Energy, Sustainability|

This year, April 22, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! The first official Earth Day was held in 1970, when 22 million Americans engaged in rallies, marches, and educational programs to advocate for clean air, land, and water. Since then, Earth Day has grown to become a global celebration raising awareness of environmental issues