Ryerson Education Facility
Nestled within the flatwoods along the Des Plaines River, the Ryerson Education Facility will act as a beacon of both ecological education and environmental stewardship for the residents of Lake County and the region at large. In addition to supporting educational programs in partnership with local schools and community organizations, the Net-Zero energy building will serve as a trailhead and launching point into “the resource” of the surrounding forest preserve, which includes one of the only remaining quality flatwoods ecotones in Northern Illinois. The story of preservation of this fragile ecosystem will be told by the building through active demonstration of water conservation, energy production, and material resiliency. The facility was recently certified to be PHIUS Zero 2021 Certified, not only has it acheived Passive House certification it will also acheive net zero energy.