Case Western Reserve University is celebrating the fact it has the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings in University Circle with an awards ceremony and outdoor festivities from noon to 2 p.m., Monday, April 13, at the Village at 115. The celebration will take place in a tent between Starbucks and House 4.
In January, Case Western Reserve earned a Silver rating for the entire Village at 115 residence hall complex, and last summer, House 5 in the Village received LEED Gold, the second highest certification. The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED ratings for buildings that are considered to be the most "green," energy efficient and high performing.
During the April 13 celebration, Glenn Nicholls, vice president for student affairs, will present two glass plaques inscribed with the LEED award logo to President Barbara R. Snyder. Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc., and Grace Bell, a Case Western Reserve student leader and a Residence Hall Association representative, also are scheduled to offer remarks during the event.
"This is a true distinction. A team of people made this happen. We're very proud of receiving this honor," said Don Kamalsky, associate vice president for student affairs for campus life facilities.
The campus community is invited to the presentation and celebration, which will include free food prepared by Bon Appétit chefs as part of the "Farm to Fork" concept, which focuses on local foods. The menu will include soups, salads and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Seasonal vegetables, cheeses, spring carrot soup, lavender honey, roasted apples, salmon burgers, grilled eggplant, and mini carrot cupcakes are just a few of the offerings.
In addition, the university's annual Sustain-a-Palooza event will coincide with the LEED celebration. Ten booths representing on-campus groups and external organizations showing the latest products and information related to sustainability initiatives will be set up at the event. "The displays will be as interesting as they are informative," said Linda Robson, campus planning and operations fellow at Case Western Reserve. Zeta Psi fraternity, the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation, and the Green Teams from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences are just a few of the groups that will have booths.
"It was an easy decision to partner Sustain-a-Palooza with Housing and Student Affairs' LEED celebration at the Village. The combined event is about sharing our successes with the campus and friends from the region. Case Western Reserve is well known for its sustainability and high performance building practices. Our goal with this event is to show the campus all that we're accomplishing so that they can be proud of our achievements and get involved in creating future successes," Robson said.
The event also will include tours of the Village at 115. The residence hall, which opened in 2005, was designed to achieve LEED certification through a variety of measures. Efficient heating, lighting, and water systems were installed, in addition to energy-efficient windows and wall and roof systems. Recycled and regionally manufactured building materials were used during construction, and efficient building practices reduced construction waste. The Village at 115 uses 40 percent less energy annually than conventional buildings.
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