Letter to Editor, of the Standard Times: Leaders Educators & Innovators
By: Kathryn Duff, studio2sustain inc, Lloyd Center for the Environment, Board of Directors
8 May 2017

The Standard Times recently featured an article about the partnership between the Lloyd Center for the Environment (LCE) and the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School (GNB-VOC) relative to the construction of the LCE Welcome Center, and the pursuit of a “Living Building Challenge” certification. As the Architect of this project I wanted to highlight both the Lloyd Center and GNBVOC, in particular the extraordinary leadership by both organizations, resulting in exceptional educational opportunities for students.

The LCE is pursuing a “Living Building Challenge” (LBC) certification on this project – the first in Southeastern, MA, and among very few worldwide. An LBC certification is considered the most rigorous environmental achievement for buildings; there are only twelve fully certified buildings worldwide. It is an honor to work with LCE Executive Director Rachel Stronach and her team on this impactful, rigorous and visionary project, and with GNB-VOC Superintendent James O’Brien and his team, including students.


GNB Voc-Tech teams up with Lloyd Center for Living Building Challenge

South Coast Today / Wesley Sykes / April 27, 2017

NEW BEDFORD — Students from Greater New Bedford Regional-Technical High School, in collaboration with Studio2Sustain, will be faced with a unique challenge when it comes to designing the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s new welcome center.

The building project is designed to pursue the rigorous green building standards of the “Living Building Challenge” (LBC) certification of the International Living Future Institute. The goal is that when completed, the 960-square-foot building will become one of a handful of LBC buildings in the world.