Use of local ingredients when possible!

Electric car parking

Rooftop solar panels

Slate tiles from original church roof

Slate tiles from original church roof

the renovation

Urban farming with Mill City Grows

Raised beds outside of our cafe

private events at utec

Slate tiles from original church roof

Natural ventilation

THE Details

Counter siding - original church floorboards

Our focus on sustainability carries throughout the building and our mission. ​In the original 1839 structure, the former steeple now serves as a thermal chimney. Paired with the "Big Ass Fan", natural ventilation cools the building during the summer months. Throughout the 7,500 square foot addition, details from the old church building have been integrated into the new design. We use local seasonal vegetables in our kitchen and cafe. And by nurturing the ambition of our most disconnected young adults to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success, we help them to build more sustainable lives. 

Bench made from tree cut during reno

Board Room table made by UTEC youth

After an ambitious renovation, finished in 2012, UTEC is now the oldest LEED Platinum Certified building in the world. If you would like to coordinate a green building tour as part of your event, please let us know!

Repurposed original stain glass windows

Thermal chimney

sustainability and green features