Iconic university building gets outfitted with environmentally friendly features

February 20, 2013
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The Station at Mill Point is an iconic location at Elon University in North Carolina. The Pendulum, the university's student newspaper, reports that the structure has recently achieved recognition by gaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The university has been recently working to better itself in terms of sustainability and this is just one example of the organization's success.

Receiving the silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council is a credit to the university and its student body. 

"Sustainable buildings provide environmental and occupant benefits through reduced resource use and a healthy indoor environment," Elaine Durr, the Director of Sustainability, told the news source. "Sustainable facilities also serve as a unique educational tool. The LEED program provides third-party verification, which demonstrates Elon's commitment to sustainable building practices. Elon's Green Building Policy specifies the use of the LEED program. We want people to genuinely care about environmentalism. The more that people know about it, the more that a lot of people will care. If we don't realize what the environment gives us, we are going to destroy it and diminish it."

The Pendulum reports that the university had a sustainability master plan in mind when it decided to renovate The Station. According to the outlined plan, all new buildings constructed on campus will feature eco-friendly features in order to achieve LEED silver certification. 

This project is just an example of one of the many eco-friendly initiatives occurring throughout the nation. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) program works in the greater Philadelphia area to promote the construction of sustainable commercial structures. Established by the Department of Energy, it also pursues the education and promotion of sustainable green building practices. Only through the right education initiatives can green building really thrive in the modern market.

The inclusion of green buildings on campus will help the university more than just providing tax credits and reducing operational expenses. Construction and study of the structures will provide students who are interested in a variety of subjects an in-place study tool. 

"LEED certified buildings on campus allow for students to ask questions, and get answers those questions," Haywood said.