The new Kittredge Central and the renovated Kittredge West buildings this month received LEED gold ratings from the United States Green Building Council. LEED certification is a U.S. benchmark for sustainable building design and construction.
CU-Boulder’s newest residence hall, Kittredge Central, is welcoming students this week for the first time, 53 of whom are engineering students and will be immersed in Spanish through the building’s new Residential Academic Program, or RAP. Also, the nearby Kittredge West residence hall is reopening this week after renovations. Both buildings comprise a number of “green” features to improve water and energy efficiency and to reduce the campus’s carbon footprint.
Diners at the Center for Community with an interest in fresh food and sustainability might swallow easier knowing that some of the ingredients they’re savoring were grown by CU-Boulder students just yards away.
The 336,800-square-foot Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building this week received a Boulder Valley Green Building Award. The impressive facility was recognized for consolidating many high-energy-use campus laboratories into a single, energy-efficient building.
CU-Boulder students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to use One Million Acts of Green -- an online sustainability tool and social network that allows participants to build and track sustainability plans, measure the individual and collective impacts of their actions, and share their progress among Facebook friends and Twitter followers.
A new array of solar panels installed at CU-Boulder has doubled solar power production on campus to about 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy, enough to power about 200 average-sized houses. The installation will help CU-Boulder power the campus, reduce energy costs and work toward carbon neutrality, as well as meet Colorado Amendment 37 requirements. Colorado Amendment 37 was passed by voters in 2004 to mandate 20 percent use of renewable energy statewide by 2020.
LEED certification is a U.S. benchmark for sustainable building design, construction, operation and maintenance.
The 50,000-square-foot building, located in the Grandview neighborhood just northwest of main campus, opened its doors in August 2010. It is at least 30 percent more energy and water efficient than other recently built, code-compliant buildings.
When students begin unpacking their bags in Williams Village North later this month, they’ll be settling in to what could be the “greenest” place they’ve ever called home. The residence hall recently earned the distinction of “Best Green Multi-Residential Building” at the first annual Boulder Valley Green Building Awards.