In 2019, Tremont purchased 194 acres in Townsend, Tennessee, bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park, increasing our capacity for existing programs and opening pathways for new programs, participants, and partnerships.
On this land, we are building an education center that doesn’t just do less bad for the environment but positively impacts the environment and our community.
We aim for our second campus to be Tennessee’s first Living Building Challenge certified project, and one of only a few dozen nationwide. To achieve this certification, we will meet key imperatives to promote the responsible use of water, materials and resources. We will feature innovative, clean energy technologies, generating more electricity than we use. We will treat water on site, putting clean water back into the watershed. We will restore and preserve critical habitat on our land to benefit all those that live in the shadow of the Smokies.
Our success will be a campus that integrates built and learning environments to support a thriving community living in balance with the natural world.
Reaching our bold vision will take time, and we are making progress. Starting with Phase One, we have designed indoor and outdoor education spaces to serve daily visitors, overnight school groups, and adult retreats in groups of various sizes. The flexibility allows us to meet the individual needs of each group, providing unique learning opportunities for all.