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The Commons earns environmental award from the state

Posted in NEWS on Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The Commons is an award-winning facility even before it opens this fall for the class of 2012.

Vanderbilt received a Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award last week for The Commons, one of 14 winners recognized for their positive impact on the state’s natural resources.

The Commons includes five new and five renovated residence houses, The Common’s Center and a house for Dean Frank Wcislo on the east side of campus. The initiative has become a touchstone for collaborative environmental initiatives and become a showcase of sustainability and a model for comprehensive environmental responsibility on a college campus.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of new and renovated buildings, attractive and energy-saving building features, waste reduction and recycling programs, use of alternative fuels, selection of recycled and renewable materials and educational demonstrations for each of these items are incorporated into every aspect of life at The Commons. Exposing all of Vanderbilt’s first-year students to the sustainable features of The Commons will help disseminate these concepts, wherever these students go, for decades to come.

This marks the 22nd year for the awards program. Thirty-nine professionals from various public and private organizations judged more than 100 nominations to determine the award recipients.

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