Many of the more than 100 buildings on Omega's Rhinebeck campus date to the 1920s through the 1950s. We view necessary renovations and updates to Omega's buildings as an opportunity to create rooms and classrooms that are healthier for our guests and friendlier to the environment. Guests now have the choice of staying in green rooms that include local, sustainable materials and are painted with no VOC paint. This creates better indoor air quality and lowers exposure to toxins. Green rooms also feature low-flow showerheads, dual-button toilets, and compact fluorescent lighting to reduce water and energy use.
Omega's most significant green building project to date is the Omega Center for Sustainable Living. The OCSL is built according to the highest standards in sustainable design and sustainable architecture: the United States Green Building Council's LEED® Platinum designation and the Cascadia Region Green Building Council's Living Building Challenge. These standards require a number of criteria to be met, including limiting the amount of chemicals in building materials and sourcing all building materials from within a prescribed distance. As a result of strictly following the requirements of LEED® Platinum and the Living Building Challenge, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living is one of the greenest buildings in the United States today. It is a net zero energy building, supplying more electricity than it needs through 200 photovoltaic solar panels. The OCSL also supplies its own water through a rainwater collection system, and is heated and cooled using 100% geothermal energy.