The Ecology School in Saco, Maine, is commemorating the completion of its regenerative green campus at River Bend Farm during a weeklong ‘Earth Week’ celebration, which will include flipping the switch on 712 solar panels, a virtual message from Maine Governor Janet Mills, and COVID-safe tours of the new facility.
The pioneering campus, stretching over a historic 105-acre farm with views of the Saco River, is expected to be the first location in Maine, and among only 23 in the United States, to achieve the full International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Certification (LBC), the most comprehensive green building certification in the world.
The Ecology School is a nonprofit education center that transforms how people think about nature and the environment. Through joyful, hands-on, experiential programming students of all ages learn to become stewards of the environment as they explore local forests, coastal ecosystems, and food systems. Since 1998, The Ecology School has hosted more than 187,000 students and teachers from across the country, educating about the environment and our collective impact on the planet.
In 2019, The Ecology School broke ground on its new campus at River Bend Farm in Saco. Upon completion, The Ecology School will become the most sustainable building in the Northeast. The $14.1 million project took six years of visioning, planning, and construction bringing together the state’s top green design, construction, and renewable energy leaders.