Initiatives & Ongoing Practices

Various recycling and trash bins provided to residents

2012-13 Sustainability Initiatives and Ongoing Practices

University Housing Increasing Emphasis on Sustainability

Leopold Residence Hall

Leopold Residence Hall opened in August 2013 and has achieved LEED Gold certification for its design and operation. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Gold certification is the second-highest level possible in their rating system.

Leopold Features

  • Roof-mounted solar panels
  • Individual climate controls in each room
  • Dual level lighting, daylighting and occupancy sensors
  • Energy air exhaust recovery wheel
  • Green power (wind)
  • Parking for more than 100 bicycles
  • In addition to these features, the creation of the building was meant to reduce the impact on the environment with eco-conscious building practices, such as:
    • 88 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills
    • 47 percent locally extracted/manufactured materials
    • 31 percent reduction in water runoff

Gordon Dining & Event Center

The Gordon Dining & Event Center opened its doors in the fall of 2012 with a variety of sustainable qualities and features: improved energy efficiency with building mechanicals and dining refrigeration and appliances, a green roof and rain gardens to mange storm water, and a pulper in the dish room. The Gordon waste oil boiler, which debuted in 2009, also made the move, continuing to heat a portion of the building’s hot water with recycled vegetable oil.

Gordon Fun Facts

  • Organic compost output increased from 1,800 to 4,500 lbs. per week
  • 30-35 Mbtu/month of energy savings with new oil boiler
  • 60% reduction in hot water use at Gordon Dining & Event Center

Dejope Residence Hall

Dejope Residence Hall opened in fall of 2012 and has a variety of sustainable features including a green roof and rain gardens to manage storm water and improved energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is highlighted by the use of an energy recovery wheel, natural ventilation and fan coil units which create energy savings and resident comfort. In addition, solar panels assist with reducing domestic hot water heating costs and a pulper in the dish room allows the facility to compost all food waste.