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      Village at 115 awarded LEED Silver rating

      Brian Slayton

      Issue date: 4/10/09 Section: News
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      Case Western Reserve University has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating for the entire Village at 115 residence hall complex and a Gold rating for House 5. The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED ratings based on a point system that rewards buildings considered to have achieved a superior level of energy efficiency and sustainability.

      "It's among the first in the region to be recognized. We can take great pride in receiving this national recognition," said Donald Kamalsky, associate vice president for Student Affairs.

      University president Barbara Snyder and Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson will both speak at the award ceremony behind Houses 4 and 5 on Monday, April 15 and will present the LEED plaques, which are made from recycled glass products. Following the presentation, Bon Appétit will host a free luncheon dedicated to highlighting their Farm to Fork Initiative.

      "In conjunction with the Farm to Fork Initiative, all food served is regionally grown," Kamalsky says, "and with the sustainability theme, all plates and utensils will be easily recyclable, instead of plastic."

      The main impetus for developing the Village at 115 came from the Sierra Club, the nation's largest and oldest grassroots environmental campaign. "The local Sierra Club, students, and faculty had been advocating environmental concerns and pressing the University for years to do a LEED certified building project, and that's just what we did," explains Kamalsky.

      The Village at 115, which opened in 2005, was designed to achieve LEED certification through the use of energy efficient heating, lighting and water systems, recycled and regionally manufactured building materials, and efficient construction practices in addition to several other "green" building methods. In particular, the LEED report pointed out measures such as the residence hall's access to alternative transportation, water efficiency efforts, optimized energy performance, and indoor environmental quality.
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