Longwood University, VA Energy Sustainability Initiatives
Longwood's Energy Sustainability Initiatives
Recently two boilers were replaced in Longwood's heating plant. They utilize sawdust, a renewable energy source. The boilers produce 90% of the heat and hot water required for use in the residence halls.
In the planning stage is a completely new heating plant which will house three new boilers that will also utilize wood as a primary heat source.
Health & Fitness Center
The new Health & Fitness Center is the first Longwood University construction project to seek LEEDS certification. There are three levels of sustainability for LEEDS certification which are determined by a point system; Longwood has obtained a "Gold" rating.
Obtaining the points required demands working with the architect and contractor throughout every stage of design and construction. Tasks being done to help obtain certification include the:
- Separation of trash.
- Use of recyclable materials.
- Items utilized are manufactured within 100 miles of the construction site.
- Mechanical equipment is wrapped and stored off of the ground.
- Green Seal™ certified and other eco-friendly cleaning products are utilized for the cleaning of Longwood facilities.
- Integrated Pest Management services are used for the Longwood Campus in compliance with Green Building Council guidelines.
- Paper products comprised of recycled content are utilized campus-wide.
- Recyclable materials, including mixed office paper and corrugated materials, are collected and sent for processing.
- Lawn care: partially organic materials are used for turf application.