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Educating for a Healthy Material World

Project Details

Year: 2017
Location: Amherst
Project Manager: Casey Beebe, Community Program Coordinator
Partners: designLAB architects, Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders, Integrated Eco Strategy, Wright Builders, Inc.


The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is providing educational programs on safer alternatives toxic chemicals used in building construction. The goal of the project is to teach the public and organizations through guided tours about the Red List of toxic building materials from the International Living Future Institute and providing information on healthy building options.


The Hitchcock Center for the Environment offered 33 more tours, for a total of 67 tours throughout the grant period. This represented 1690 people. 13 of these were offered to student groups and classes from Mt. Holyoke, Smith, Hampshire, and Umass Amherst., Holyoke Community College, and Springfield Technical Community College. We also offered these programs to special groups from all over our region and beyond such Leadership Pioneer Valley, The Biomimicry Institure, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, Western MA American Institute of Architects, The Center for Ecotechnology, The Ecology School in Maine and even a contingent from Georgia Tech researching their own building project, as well as some Professional fellows from Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. A handful of these tour were also given in Spanish.

They also completed our Building without Toxins/Red List Pamphlet and it is flying off the shelf in the visitor center.  Overall, the project was a huge success. 

This page updated Friday July 20 2018
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