The R.W. Kern Center is the 17th certified Living Building in the world, an embodiment of Hampshire’s values in practice and ideas in action. It meets the stringent requirements of the world’s most advanced green building standard, the Living Building Challenge: it generates its own electricity, collects and treats its own water, and is built with local, non-toxic, and low-carbon materials. The 17,000-sq-ft building is a major piece of Hampshire’s broad sustainability initiatives to make campus operations carbon neutral. This multi-functional building also serves as a living laboratory where students and the public study its innovative systems and performance.
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