The Latest from Ecotone Books:
“Brock Environmental Center for a Living Chesapeake”

Brock Environmental Center book

The newest addition to the Living Building Challenge Series titled Brock Environmental Center for a Living Chesapeake: Building a Sustainable Legacy for the Bay chronicles the important story of the design, construction, and operation of the Brock Environmental Center, which has earned full Living Building Challenge Certification. Located on the vibrant yet ecologically-sensitive Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Brock Center serves as the headquarters for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the health and preservation of the national treasure that is the Bay. Resilient and restorative, the Brock Center serves as a vital resource for hands-on learning and an ongoing demonstration of how the built environment can work to compliment and restore natural ecosystems.

Brock Environmental Center for a Living Chesapeake is illustrated with beautiful photographs and professional diagrams, and infused with the many voices who contributed to the project, serving as an invaluable guidebook of lessons for other brave souls who aspire to create remarkable Living Buildings. Ecotone Publishing 2017, List Price: $36.95


“I often think about how buildings are heroes—physical manifestations of the environmental and health imperatives that must underscore our 21st century built environment. The Brock Center is such a building, truthfully and transparently sharing its rich, inspiring story with the promise to inspire others to believe that what may seem impossible is, indeed, possible.” – Gail Vittori, LEED Fellow, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems

“I’ve been following the Brock Center’s progression from early design to construction and occupancy and expecting, as is typical, that some of the most exciting ideas would fall out over time. Instead, the project achieved these plus more! The Brock Center is tremendous validation that great design can be beautiful, sustainable, resilient, and healthy. It is most deserving of COTE Top Ten Plus award in 2017.”Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, MALeco, LLC2017 Chair, COTE Advisory Group

“Modeling good stewardship for a living, breathing, complex ecosystem, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center walks the talk as a 21st century model of good building design and operations by seeking harmony with the Laws of the planet: chemistry, biology, and physics.” – Rob Watson, Founder, LEED Green Building Rating System


Pre-order your copy by adding it onto your LF17 registration

This is a pre-order book only available for pick-up at the Living Future 2017 unConference (at the ILFI Bookstore on the San Juan Level) in May 2017.

PRICING: 25% off discount for LF17 attendees: $26.95. Want to order 3 or more? Contact us at to access the 40% off 3+ volume discount of $21.95 each. (List Price: $36.95)