Sustainability in the Residence Halls
Current Initiatives

  • Designing construction and site improvement projects according to sustainability standards set by the U.S. Green Building Association's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program, a benchmark rating for environmentally sound site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, materials use and indoor environmental quality.
  • Seeking LEED Gold Certification for 700-bed Oakland Residence Hall (opens August 2011) as a "green" building, which entails achieving a long list of sustainable and energy-efficient design features.
  • By using a "satellite central utility building" in Oakland Hall and the Computer & Space Science building, over the next 10 years, begin connecting North Campus residence halls to these neighborhood utility rooms in order to supply air conditioning efficiently and economically.
  • Replacing windows in North Campus residence halls with insulated energy-efficient windows (multi-year project).