Yale, Kroon Hall, Tim Palmer, & International Year of Forests

Tonight, I attended a Connecticut Forest & Park Association board meeting at Sage Hall on the Yale University campus. Sage used to be the home of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. It is a nice space, but it is nothing compared to Yale F&ES’ new home, next door, in Kroon Hall. Kroon is one of the greenest buildings on Earth, at least for now.

The structure is pretty cool. It reportedly cost $33.5 million to build and has nearly $2 million of sustainable features, including: recycled materials, geothermal HVAC, solar electric power system, passive solar orientation, thermal hot water, low-E windows, computer controlled lighting, local stone, rainwater harvesting system, and a narrow envelope.

After our meeting, we migrated to Kroon Hall for a talk by author, photographer, and speaker; Tim Palmer. He presented a good old-fashioned slide show (yes, real slides!) on forests. The pictures were from his book, Trees and Forests of America. CFPA presented Tim during this United Nations International Year of Forests. Tim is noted for his expertise on rivers. He has written nearly 20 books on rivers and water. His book on forests is fantastic, with classic images from all over the United States.

I never need reminding about the importance of trees, but it is always great to hear another person’s perspective. He spoke eloquently about the significance of forests and what they mean for the environment. The talk was another example of how CFPA is fulfilling its mission of “connecting people to the land.”

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