Residence Halls Earn “Green” Certification
Two residence halls in Susquehanna University’s West Village complex recently earned silver-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The residence halls follow the example of Susquehanna’s Natural Sciences Center, which earned silver LEED certification in 2011.
Built in 2007 and 2008 and housing more than 330 students in seven buildings, West Village represents the university’s ongoing commitment to sustainable operations and practices. The five buildings constructed to meet LEED criteria—the newly certified Linden and Laurel halls and three others expected to achieve certification—are notable for their energy-conscious use of lighting, water and materials, as well as other sustainability features.
“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. “Susquehanna University’s West Village project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations.”
Susquehanna’s embrace of green initiatives is grounded in its guiding values of good stewardship and ethical responsibility. The university applies sustainable practices to everything from construction and energy use, to academics, printing and publications. A Committee on Sustainability, a green car-rental program, and student organizations such as Student Awareness for the Value of the Environment (SAVE) all play key roles in advancing the university’s commitment to environmental issues.
Contributing writers to The ’Grove section are Karen Jones, assistant director of media relations; Megan McDermott ’14, a creative writing and religion major from Lewisberry, Pa.; Dalton Swett ‘13, a creative writing major from Effingham, N.H.; and Elise Tomaszewski, a creative writing and German major from Selinsgrove, Pa.