The Kaune Building

A Commitment To Our Community

Much like our multi-generational programs, we understand there is not a one-size fits all approach to upgrading the physical structure. Through a holistic systems-approach, and under the guidance of industry professionals, in 2023 we conducted an extensive evaluation of the entire building to identify areas for improvement including solar panels and electrical infrastructure, retrofits, water use, and opportunities for passive solar energy. These state-of-the-art renovations will minimize our impact on the environment and surrounding ecosystems.

Solar Technology

With over 300 days of sunlight per year, Santa Fe is blessed with an abundance of renewable solar energy, making converting the Early Learning Center at Kaune to solar energy a logical step in our sustainability redesign. During the second phase of this campaign, we will work with trusted renewable energy experts to install solar panels on the Kaune grounds.

Energy Audit

Built by famed local architect, John Gaw Meem, the Pueblo Revival Style building which houses the Early Learning Center at Kaune is a neighborhood treasure worth preserving. However, with historic buildings come historic plumbing and electrical infrastructure, which are inefficient and costly to maintain. As part of our sustainability redesign, we will conduct a thorough energy audit on the building to maximize our green energy potential.

Water Conservation

As members of a high-desert community, we understand that water is not a limitless resource, and that we must all play a role when it comes to responsible water usage and conservation. By incorporating native plants into Kaune’s landscape design and upgrading the grounds and building to include modern water-wise catchment the repurposing systems, we will drastically decrease not only our water usage, but our water waste.

For lead gifts and naming opportunities, please contact Brigid Quinn, Director of Community Philanthropy