Berks County Community Foundation’s Headquarters and Community Conference Center was the first green office building in the Greater Reading area when it opened in 2009. The environmentally-friendly features earned the building a platinum level of certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. That’s the highest certification level possible.
We built the first commercial green building in Berks County because we wanted to show the community that it’s possible to go green and still have a normal, functioning facility. We also brought in specialists to work with local contractors to increase the number of local companies that can build green.
Once when I was giving a presentation about our (then proposed) building, I noted that there was a growing body of research that employee productivity and student performance improve in green buildings. There was this [...]
Okay, maybe this isn't like the third secret of Fatima or anything, but more than one of you has asked what the "surprise" countertop is. After all, how much surprise can a countertop deliver. Well, [...]
Thank you for your interest in making a gift of stock to a fund at Berks County Community Foundation. For complete information about making a gift of securities, contact Frances A. Aitken, CPA, Senior Vice [...]
This photo shows some of our moving crew, from L&J Transportation unloading what we lovingly came to call "Tyga Boxes." These plastic boxes, which are made from recycled material, replace the old corrugated cardboard boxes, [...]
One of the advantages to our new location is our proximity to Reading's great restaurants. The oldest and most famous of these is Jimmie Kramer's Peanut Bar. Our good friends Harold and Michael Leifer who [...]
The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities recently released a publication by Catharine Porter highlighting our building project as an example of leadership by community foundations on climate change. Click here to download [...]
At our ribbon cutting, Ed Anewalt, the owner of Anewalt's Landscape Contractor presented all the members of The Community Foundation staff with a commemorative bottle of Brut sparkling wine from Clover Hill Winery. Ed's family [...]
According to "All about water.org" about 1.5 million tons of plastic are used bottling water. Of course, there are places where bottled water is a great way to get hydrated, but our building isn't one [...]
There's not a lot of space for landscaping around the building, but we wanted to use what space we had to create at least a small urban green space. We hired Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects [...]
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Donors may include a charitable bequest in their will to create or add to a fund at the Community Foundation. Charitable bequests provide important estate tax advantages, which should be discussed with a professional advisor. [...]