Resolutely “green” long before it was in style, TTFF’s Camp Arroyo is the result of forward thinking, respect for the environment, and dedication to sustainability. From architecture to water systems, from lighting to landscaping, every structure and system is purposefully and passionately designed and constructed for sustainability.
We’re here for the duration!
Therefore, we continue to uphold the highest levels of eco-friendly principles and techniques for our entire facility.
Our dedication to sustaining our beautiful environment is evident in every nook, cranny and corner of camp.
How We Did It!
Serving as “home base” to our campers while here, our cabins provide a place to rest and revive, laugh and chat, dream and scheme. So whether snuggled in for the night or just taking a breather, comfort is a priority.
The following attributes were incorporated into each cabin:
• Flat–plate collectors that heat water for showers as well as the radiant floors
• Awnings and large overhangs on sunroom windows to block the high summer sun
• Sliding shutters to block morning and afternoon sun
• Bathroom counter tiles made from recycled glass
• Bathroom doors made from recycled yogurt containers
Our 7500 sq ft. dining hall was constructed with state-of-the-art energy efficient materials and techniques, including:
• Bales of waste rice straw from the Central Valley
• Sustainably harvested lumber
• Recycled steel
• Energy efficient roof windows which may be opened or closed for climate control
• Maximized natural daylight design
• Dual paned windows with low E glass
• High-efficiency water heaters and lighting
• Ground-up, recycled newspapers for roof insulation
• Wheat straw particle board cabinets
• Galvanized metal roof that allows for rainwater collection for non-potable use throughout camp
• 3500 sq ft. fully accessible swimming pool with an ozone treatment system to improve water quality and reduce chlorine use
• Pool/bath houses with walls constructed of stabilized “gunned” earth
Additional environmental features throughout camp include:
• Nearly all wood is from independently certified, well-managed forests
• Cement fiber board siding
• Cellulose insulation
• 50 percent fly ash concrete in the footings and slabs, saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions
• Wheat straw wall paneling
• Designs allowing for natural daylight and ventilation, reducing the need for electricity
• Passive heating
• Natural ventilation
• Shading devices on exterior windows
• Double paned, low-e glass windows
• Solar hot water heating
• Radiant space heating
• Evaporative cooling, which is 65% more efficient than standard air-cooling.
• Galvanized metal roofs for sun reflection, helping to keep buildings cooler in the summer
• Highly efficient fluorescent lighting with electronic ballasts