Supporting a just, equitable world.

The intent of the Equity Petal is to elevate equity as a project goal, and to transform developments to foster a just and inclusive community that enables all people to participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. It is grounded in the belief that a society that embraces and engages all sectors of humanity and allows the dignity of equal access and fair treatment is a civilization in the best position to make decisions that protect and restore the natural environment that sustains us all.

– From the Living Building Challenge Standard

We are inspired by:

  • The biodiversity of our region and nature’s ability to provide ecosystems that allow all creatures to thrive.
  • Natural examples of mutually beneficial relationships and resource sharing, like the relationship between plants and pollinators or the nutrients passed through the mycorrhizal network.
  • The many advocates who champion empathy, social justice, and equality for all people, especially in the context of access to clean water and air, and safe outdoor spaces.
  • Nature’s proven physical and mental health benefits.
  • The many students who come to Tremont, experience a new model of teaching, and realize that they are creative and capable thinkers and learners.

Our approach:

We aspire to create a lasting legacy of a just, inclusive, and equitable world where every individual’s potential is realized. Our campus will be universally accessible so all people have access to our spaces.

Our methods include:

  • Using principles of universal design when considering all built structures and pathways.
  • Working with Just-labeled organizations in the design and development of our campus.
  • Including diverse stakeholders in the design, construction and operations and maintenance phases of the project.
  • Committing to creating an equitable campus culture that uplifts marginalized communities by adjusting our policies, teaching practices, and workplace culture.

Explore the Living Building Challenge imperatives with our teacher naturalists. Select a topic below to learn more.

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