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Sustainable Features of Graham Hall

The newly renovated Graham Hall is set to achieve a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The residence hall will open for Fall 2012 and will primarily house freshman and sophomores. The new building excels in the following categories of environmental design: site and materials conservation, water conservation, energy efficiency and conservation, and improved air quality.

  • materials-colorSite and Materials Conservation

    Through preserving areas left as 'vegetated' open space, through promoting a comprehensive waste diversion system that emphasizes recycling and compost, and through the reuse of building materials during construction, Graham Hall practices and advocates for sustainable living through site and materials conservation.
  • water-colorWater Use

    Graham is equipped with numerous water filling stations, to limit the consumption of single-use plastic water bottles, as well as low-flow toilets, faucets, and showers to increase water conservation. Graham's on-site rain gardens reduce runoff, and recycled water is used for irrigation and landscaping purposes. All of these features make Graham the leading residence hall for water conservation on campus.
  • energy-colorEnergy Conservation

    Reflective white roofing, which lowers energy consumption through natural cooling processes, as well as high efficiency windows and air conditioning units that keep the inside of Graham more insulated are the primary features of Graham's energy-conscious design. Graham also features smart systems that automatically monitor heating and cooling in rooms to aid in energy conservation.
  • air-colorAir Quality

    Graham Hall provides numerous measures both to ensure improved air quality for residents and to limit carbon emissions. Additional mechanical ventilation in residence hall rooms improves air quality, and Graham is located nearby several public transportation options. Graham discourages driving by providing outdoor bicycle parking, but if residents must drive, car sharing is also a cheap and convenient option for students.