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Williams College Starts the Clock on a Year of Measurement for the Living Building Challenge

Allison Friedman MA, United States 0 Ratings 335 Discussions 88 Group posts

Posted by: Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

This month, the team at Williams College began the 12-month performance period to meet the Living Building Challenge for the Class of 1966 Environmental Center at Williams College. For one year, the building must meet stringent environmental performance standards to be certified as a Living Building by the International Living Future Institute. Requirements include running at netzero energy and water use, and even using 35% of the landscape for an edible landscape.

According to Mike Evans, Assistant Director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, "The Living Challenge has part of their mission statement or vision statement, "What if every single act of design and construction can make the world a better place?” A really high bar to be sure, but sorting that’s great for all of us to strive for.

This brief video, developed as the performance period looms, is quite engaging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qmhoujurs78&feature=youtu.be

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