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    Cleveland, Case community celebrate Village at 115's LEED certifications

    Brian Slayton

    Issue date: 4/17/09 Section: News
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    On April 13, CWRU celebrated its LEED silver certification of the Village at 115 and its LEED gold certification of House 5 at a celebration event held behind House 4.

    For the event, Bon Appétit catered a free luncheon dedicated to highlighting their Farm to Fork Initiative, serving regionally grown food on easily recyclable plates and utensils.

    At the event, there were numerous organizations and companies showcasing how they are working toward sustainability.

    Chris Rosati, of The New Patcraft and Design Weave, has transformed his carpet manufacturing company into a carpet recycling company. They take old and used carpet and send it to their manufacturing factory to be recycled into new carpet. The process is called carpet reclamation. Here at CWRU, they have taken old carpet out of the dorms and offices and recycled it.

    "Over the past 10 years, we have recycled over 40,000 square yards of carpet. We have found that carpet in its recycled form it is as good as if not better than the original carpet," said Rosati.

    Another company, Zero Landfill, uses old fabric and carpet to create showroom samples. They then send the samples to furniture stores and educators for free. "In total, since we founded the company, we have diverted over 80,000 pounds of material from landfills," added David Fox, a representative of the company.

    Adam Smith, of A Piece of Cleveland, designs and constructs furnishings and accessories out of lumber and other materials reclaimed from buildings in the Cleveland area that have been torn down. At the celebration event they showcased lamps, storage cubes, and counter tops that have been "upcycled" from unwanted wood.

    On campus, two Case engineering students are working to make 1-2-1 Fitness' 80 treadmills, ellipticals, and cycling bikes produce energy for the gym. They have begun work on making the machines power the gym's televisions and are working towards powering the entire gym. In addition, 1-2-1 Fitness will be installing low flow showers in all the locker rooms.

    The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University is encouraging all faculty and students to sign the Green Printing Pledge. The Pledge states that all classes will use Blackboard instead of printing handouts, students will print less, and administration will strive toward paperless meetings.

    The LEED celebration event concluded with a speech by university president Barbara Snyder.

    "I believe the Village at 115 is the greatest undergraduate housing complex in the country," said Snyder, "and I am honored to be a part of the accomplishment."
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