Five College Consortium

R.W. Kern Center Tour

Repeats every month on the first Friday 3 times.
Fri, Oct 5 2018 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Fri, Nov 2 2018 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Fri, Dec 7 2018 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Location: 
R.W. Kern Center, 893 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002

Come explore the R.W. Kern Center and its systems from the inside out! See how rainwater is collected, filtered, and treated to supply the building's potable water. Check out the greywater system to learn how wastewater is filtered via the building's indoor plants and sent outdoors to a constructed wetland. We’ll lift the hood on the composting toilets, kick the tires on the rooftop solar, and see how we keep tabs on where the electricity goes. 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.

Meet under the stairs in the main atrium.

While you're here, check out our neighbors over at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, another Living Building Challenge project.

Campus: 
Hampshire College
Accessible location
Ticket info: 
Free and open to the public.
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