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At Hampshire College, Sustainability Efforts Reach New Level

Published by the Boston Globe on February 20, 2016

Recently featured in an article by the Boston Globe was the Kern Center at Hampshire College. The Kern Center is a Net Zero energy building, meaning the building will produce ZERO net energy.

The private college’s first new building in 20 years is a model of sustainability, featuring composting toilets, rooftop solar panels to power the building, and a water supply that draws on rainwater stored in underground cisterns. The building, slated to open in April, will use zero net energy, produce its own water supply, and manage its wastewater.


Read the full article here from the Boston Globe: Hampshire College Sustainability Efforts Reach New Level

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Beyond Sustainability: Educating the Next Generation of Designers, Scientists, and Engineers

BDG had the pleasure of showing a class of Hampshire College students around at the Kern Center construction site with Wright Builders, Inc. this morning.  Among other things, they got to see the full-scale constructed wetland that we’ve helped design as part of the Kern Center’s Net Zero Water system.

These photos are from a recent lab project where the class built their own scale model wetlands, which will be tested for their ability to treat wastewater throughout the semester… which is awfully similar to what we’ll be trying to do over at the Kern Center in the coming years.

Hampshire College students build small scale wetlands model for Net Zero building
Hampshire College students work on Net Zero designs
Hampshire College Students build small scale wetlands for Net Zero building




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