Prescott College Awarded LEED Platinum Certification
for The Village Student Housing
"I am very proud to attend a college that helps me stand by my commitment to sustainable living. Prescott College goes out of their way to stand by their commitment to being green and there is no better example of this than the new Village housing. To me as a student, the Village is a beautiful place to live, and an impressive place to show my family and friends."-- Student Claire Mather, a Resident Assistant in the Village.
A new campus housing facility at Prescott College, named The Village, has received LEED™ Platinum certification, the highest level in the standard developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. This achievement places Prescott College with the first ever LEED Platinum building in Yavapai County, AZ and one of few such higher education student housing facilities in the nation.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) certification is based on evaluation of several key areas of design for sustainability: site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. It is the accepted standard for green building certification across the nation, and is also in common use in other countries around the world.
"I am very proud to attend a college that helps me stand by my commitment to sustainable living." said student Claire Mather, a Resident Assistant in the Village. "Prescott College goes out of their way to stand by their commitment to being green and there is no better example of this than the new Village housing. To me as a student, the Village is a beautiful place to live, and an impressive place to show my family and friends."
"We are tremendously proud of this achievement." said President Kristin Woolever of Prescott College, "The Village is a model of sustainability through experiential learning for our students, and a capstone achievement in nearly a half-century of our commitment to environmental responsibility and social justice." Prescott College was also first in the nation to offer a PhD in Sustainability Education.
The Village, opened in Fall 2012, is a $7.4 million facility that has an indoor area of over 27,000 square feet, with each of the three buildings divided into 4-5 multi-level apartment units housing up to eight students, and also two staff units, for a total of 104 residents. The facility also includes a covered pavilion for activities, outdoor fireplace and seating areas and extensive native as well as edible landscaping. Weddle-Gilmore Architects led the design process for The Village student housing facility, with energy modeling support from Quest Energy Group. Construction of the facility was managed by Haley Construction.
Student residents also have the option of choosing a theme-based Living and Learning Community. Annual energy contests have already begun to encourage student residents to save additional energy through conservation.
- Features that were included in LEED™ Platinum point awards include the following:
- Net zero--100% electricity production from 96 kW solar photovoltaic system
- Energy reduction of over 90% in high efficiency design modeling.
- High efficiency LED lighting in interior and exterior applications.
- Over 95%, 550 tons, construction waste diverted from landfill.
- Low flow fixtures and toilets for 33% reduction in water use.
- Best practices for erosion control and water management during construction.
- Recycled and recyclable carpet tile, installed with minimal glue.
- Rainwater catchment system for irrigation for food producing landscaping.
- Native drylands species landscaping installed with no long-term irrigation.
- Riparian habitat protection and restoration strategies applied onsite.
- Bike parking and covered storage areas for 30% of student residents.
- Designated parking for alternative fuel, low-emissions or carpool vehicles.
"We are pleased to find that the solar power exceeds estimates by overproducing electricity in the fall, spring and summer," said James Pittman, Director of Sustainability and Prescott College alum. "We anticipate that after a full year the annual performance will be close to net-zero, with generation exceeding consumption, and powering other campus buildings." Energy use and generation in the Village, and other campus buildings, can be monitored on a real-time online dashboard that is used by faculty and students engaged in related curriculum offerings (www.prescott.edu/energy).
Consistently named one of the top campuses in the nation for environmental initiatives by the Princeton Review Green Schools, Prescott College for the Liberal Arts, the Environment and Social Justice offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in an On-Campus and Limited Residency format. Founded in 1966 as a secular, private, non-profit institution, enrollment is approximately 500 resident students and 700 limited residency students.