CGC has made a commitment to build and run our facility in harmony with our natural surroundings, leaving the smallest possible footprint.
Our facility's design emphasizes passive solar, natural light, and natural cooling.
1. a straw bale cabin, with natural insulation to keep you cool in the summer
2. a composting toilet outhouse that uses no water to remove waste
3. an outdoor, wood-fired brick oven, that takes the heat out of the kitchen, uses renewable fuel - and makes great pizza
In addition, the Eco-Lodge, which was completed in 2011, features solar-heated hot water & heat, natural clay plaster walls, a green roof, and more.
If you would like to delve deeper into what we've learned through experience, Peg Kamens, Common Ground Center co-founder, has created a resource about our carbon footprint and sustainability, which you can access here