Syracuse University's Orangemen Go Green With Sustainable Campus Living

We’re always excited to see sustainable living practices being adopted at earlier ages – and one of the most influential time periods in anyone’s life is when they’re off at college. Thanks to Syracuse University’s Chancellor Nancy Cantor – students living on campus at SU will be exposed to a greener way of life.

Flash Steinbeiser from The Daily Orange gives us details…

Syracuse University will be moving toward the middle of the color spectrum this year, following the national trend of increasing campus sustainability. Ever since Chancellor Nancy Cantor signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in February 2007, Syracuse started to diminish its carbon footprint and create a more environmentally-friendly campus.

In its quest to become an environmentally-conscious university, SU has sought out certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a highly-authoritative rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that determines how green a sustainable building really is.

Amid a number of residence halls and other facilities searching for certification, Syracuse struck gold with its crown jewel of sustainable dormitories: Ernie Davis Hall. SU’s newest residential and dining facility will soon have the honor of being Syracuse’s first dormitory to receive official LEED certification.

The Director of Campus Planning, Design and Construction at SU, Eric Beattie, said the building’s efficiency includes a less water flow in the sinks and showerheads, efficient lighting and a stormwater system.

SU also hopes the brand-new dorm earns the environmental approval by having a sustainable building site during its construction, sustainable building materials, an efficient water system, low energy consumption and an eco-friendly indoor environment. These five attributes of Ernie Davis are required for all new buildings seeking LEED approval.

Ernie Davis is seeking the LEED Silver award, said Beattie, though it might obtain a Gold level, surpassing original expectations for the building.

SU will also be paying attention to some of its older residence halls. Both Lawrinson and Bowne Halls are undergoing renovations in order to earn a LEED certification.

For more, please refer to Syracuse University’s Web Site for Energy Awareness at

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