Designing Sustainable Communities for Living and Learning

Green Residence Halls

As a resident of these halls, your impact on the environment will be minimized by the building itself, however you still play an important role in making these building truly green. By turning off lights as you leave a room, recycling and striving to conserve water you complete the final step to sustainability.

Features of Our Green Buildings
  • Use of recycled materials in construction and recycling of waste construction materials as part of the demolition process during a major renovation project
  • Use of low or no VOC finishes
  • Light shelves on windows help increase daylight while keeping rooms cooler
  • Low flow faucets and showerheads and dual flush toilets
  • High efficiency washers, which conserve over 2 million gallons of water per year
  • Use of energy-star rated appliances
  • Use of energy-efficient lighting and windows
  • Use of energy recovery units to reduce energy consumption (Honors Residence and Patterson Hall)
  • Carbon dioxide detectors in the residential meeting rooms to allow more fresh air to be brought in when there is a large concentration of people
  • Improved student recycling stations through the use of "Waste Warriors"
  • Pervious pavers to allow rain water to remain on the site
  • Installation of local, drought tolerant plants in landscaping
  • Bike storage
  • Dashboard kiosks to monitor energy consumption of different floors and rooms
Honors Residence

The newest residence hall to be constructed on campus, the Honors Residence, was completed in 2009, houses 537 residents and has been certified LEED Gold by the US Green Building Council. This residence hall features a laundry room, kitchen and multiple community and study rooms for residents' use. The Honors Residence features three residential meeting rooms, an academic advising office, faculty offices and the Honeycomb Café. It also has a storm water detention system to prevent large rain events from overwhelming the city system during heavy thunderstorms. More details about the Honors Residence can be found in the handbook.

Patterson Hall

Patterson Hall was originally built in 1962 and was renovated in 2011, converting the traditional-style hall to a suite-style arrangement. Patterson Hall houses 544 residents and has over 186,000 square feet. The University is on track to attain LEED Silver certification by the US Green Building Council, but is anticipating LEED Gold certification. The residence hall features a kitchen on every floor, multiple community rooms, two residential meeting rooms, laundry facilities and a cyber lounge. One unique feature is the "WattStopper" lighting control program which allows University Housing to set specific hours for lights to be on and off, helping to conserve more energy. More details about Patterson Hall can be found on the building features card.

West (Green) Quad

University Housing's West Quad (also known as Green Quad) houses 500 students in a living and learning complex, and was completed in 2004. It is a certified green building, achieving the LEED Silver certification by the US Green Building Council. The complex was among the first LEED certified green residence halls and is one of the largest in the country. West Quad is a Living and Learning Community that serves as a model of sustainability for the entire University. The Learning Center for Sustainable Futures, which is part of West (Green) Quad, hosts courses on sustainability, meetings for student and community environmental groups and serves as a resource for educating students, staff and faculty about the importance of sustainability. The Learning Center is housed in a building with a turf roof, a solar thermal domestic hot water component and hydrogen fuel cell. More details about West (Green) Quad can be found in the executive brochure.

For more information about our green residence halls, please contact Brenda Racine at 803-777-3467.