Kohler Environmental Center
The Kohler Environmental Center (KEC) is Choate’s leading-edge environmental research and education center located just east of the main campus.
It has 3 working laboratories, 2 classrooms and a greenhouse. It is home to the Environmental Immersion Program, a year-long residential and interdisciplinary program open to fifth and sixth form students who have a passion for understanding and preserving our natural environment.
The KEC Mission is to create a scholarly community dedicated to promoting environmental understanding, stewardship of the land, and social responsibility.
A one-acre, 296-kilowatt ground-mounted photovoltaic (solar) array provides 100% of the KEC’s energy demand.
State-of-the-art laboratories provide students a one-of-a-kind learning experience.
Some of the environmentally advanced design features of the LEED Platinum KEC include:
- A one-acre, 296-kilowatt ground-mounted photovoltaic (solar) array that provides 100% of the KEC’s energy demand.
- A rooftop solar evacuated tube system that provides hot water for residents.
- A research greenhouse that provides a computer-controlled environment in which students, faculty, and visiting scholars can conduct experiments.
- Supplemental heat is supplied by burning biodiesel made from waste vegetable oil.