Ultimately though, the centre will be about much more than just these high-tech green building methods. WISE's self-proclaimed goal is to re-train a generation for a low carbon future. CAT already runs a dizzying array of courses, from organic gardening to renewable energy and green architecture, and this program is only likely to be stepped up once WISE opens its doors in 2008. The centre is also likely to become a hub for important conferences on all aspects of sustainability:
"Wise will have first class teaching facilities including laboratories, workshops, classrooms, seminar rooms, and a lecture theatre. There will also be brand new accommodation and new restaurant facilities. WISE can be used by organisations and businesses keen to find out how they can improve their green credentials. By hosting conferences at WISE we can show sustainable solutions in action."
The project is slated to cost approximately UK£6.2 million (US$12.4 million), and £5.4 million of this has already been raised. CAT is appealing urgently to its supporters to help raise the rest of the money, and anyone interested in supporting this groundbreaking initiative can donate online now. ::WISE:: via CAT::