When we embarked on our big remodeling project in 2017, it was important to us to align our design with our respect of the interdependent web of life of which we are a part. Our remodeled building is 16,750 square feet, and sits of 3.5 acres.

Here are some of the eco-friendly features:

  • We use no natural gas, and are disconnected from the city gas lines.
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps provide heating and cooling.
  • We further reduce the need for heating and cooling with increased insulation.
  • Motion detectors direct heating and cooling only to rooms when occupied.
  • Use of non-fossil fuel marmoleum on all non-carpeted floors. Marmoleum is natural linoleum, bio-based, highly durable, non-toxic, anti-microbial and easy to maintain.
  • Electricity is supplied through a subscription to Jacks Solar Garden.
  • LED lights are used throughout the building.
  • Automatic light switches turn off lights when no one is in the room.
  • Bathroom and kitchen fixtures are low-water use.
  • Reusable plates, bowls and silverware replace disposables.
  • We use low-water dishwashers rather than hand washing.
  • Workers issued reusable water bottles to eliminate use of single-use plastic water bottles.
  • Recyclables and compostables are collected at all events.
  • Currently designing and installing water-wise landscaping and pollinator gardens in beds near the building.
  • Native grasses and low-water shrubs are planted in areas further from the building.
  • Raised garden beds adjacent to the playground use drip irrigation.
  • Beetle-kill pine used in sanctuary ceiling.
  • Wood chips used under equipment in playground instead of synthetic materials.