The classroom building is the first LEED Platinum Certified K-12 building in the state!

Adrian, Michigan The Center for a Sustainable Future is an immersive, project-based learning center for agriculture, horticulture, environmental science and renewable-energy technologies.  The 75-acre site allows for teaching, updating and retraining people for sustainable careers. 

The 8,743 SF classroom building features a solar array, a raingarden, demonstration crops and pervious pavement, all immediately visible at the site entry.  The building benefits from an earth-berm, protecting it from north-westerly winter winds while opening to the passive solar opportunities facing south.  Solar tubes bring a balanced proportion of daylight to the interior of the spaces.  The building envelope is insulated to values 2 to 3 times required by current energy codes.  The building’s geothermal mechanical equipment, ductwork and piping are exposed and color-coded for demonstrations.

Welcoming to all, the facility is fully ADA accessible, including a winding walk up to the roof.  There a vegetated lab lets students experiment with soil engineering and cultivation of plant materials.

The facility and site has been designed to achieve Net-Zero energy use.