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Vice President for Advancement
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401- 4999
At Green Oaks, Knox students and faculty have a vast, living laboratory in which to explore the environment, science, chemistry, art, and social sciences. They conduct independent research on the rise and decline of individual species and how tree age and species affects the other plants in the ecosystem. They learn how to live, learn, and work together during the 10-week Green Oaks Term, in which a dozen intrepid Knoxies from every discipline take to the woods, like Henry David Thoreau.
Currently, there are only eight projects that have achieved Living Building Certification1 anywhere in the world. If Knox succeeds, Green Oaks will become the first complete Living Building in the state of Illinois, and the first anywhere dedicated to both living and learning.
With great ambitions, of course, come great challenges. We must be ready to meet the most rigorous set of sustainable construction and design requirements yet established—significantly more challenging than LEED certification. We must also demonstrate, over the course of 12 months, that the building actually meets the energy and water use targets we've planned. Finally, because of these rigorous standards, we must be prepared to invest about 20 percent more than a conventional facility of similar size would cost to design and build.
It will require a substantial investment, but what it will accomplish is more than worth it.
When Alvah Green bequeathed Green Oaks to Knox, he hoped that, in our hands, it could be returned to the pristine space that existed before the area was mined. Now, we have the opportunity to do something even better, something that only a few others have ever attempted—to create a space where human activity leaves the land better than it was before.
We hope you'll join us.
by living donors (Dick ‘57 and Joan ‘56 Whitcomb) for the creation of a new art building
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