It's not just Olympians who win gold! Our own Brody Learning Commons has just received LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. What does this mean?
It means that the US Green Buildings Council (USGBC) recognizes that we've incorporated a lot of green construction and operations in the building, including:
- Increasing the use of natural lighting to reduce energy consumption
- Using energy efficient lighting with sensors in the teaching and study spaces
- Establishing sustainable cleaning and landscape programs
- Running efficient HVAC systems with CO2 monitoring
- Conducting waste stream audits to benchmark recycling programs and identify opportunities to maximize material conservation
- Reusing marble from Gilman and Shriver for the new beach stairs and south entrance
What's even more exciting is that we're the first building on campus to achieve this distinction!
But we're not ones to rest on our laurels. We'd love to hear your thoughts on how the Brody's working. Click here to tell us your thoughts on the temperature, lights, and other aspects of the building. The survey is open until midnight, May 14. As an incentive to participate, there will be a random drawing at the end for three $25 Daily Grind gift certificates.