|Submission Date||Aug. 1, 2011|
State University of New York at Oswego
Tier2-4: Themed Housing
Director of Facilities Construction and Sustainability
Does the institution have sustainability-themed housing (residential floor or hall, or theme house) where residents learn about sustainability together and to which residents must apply?:
A brief description of the themed housing:
THE VILLAGE TOWNHOUSES
Many features for the Village reflect the college’s focus on sustainability. The complex was awarded Gold Certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building standards.
The exterior walls are made of structural insulated panels—strong prefabricated panels with insulation in the middle—that result in less construction waste while better maintaining interior temperature against heating and cooling.
The Village’s focus on high-efficiency fixtures and fittings includes two central mechanical spaces with very efficient boilers and chillers. Heating and cooling come through radiant ceiling panels. Energy recovery ventilators and low-watt compact fluorescent lighting will further reduce energy consumption.
A 1,000-watt windmill on a 60-foot tower is planned for the site for educational purposes. Residents will be able to see how it operates and learn how much energy wind power generates.
"Informal environmental education will infuse the community. While residents are not billed for utilities, contests between units to see who can live most energy-efficiently are under consideration", said Marie Shuman, associate director of residence life and housing.
Richard Kolenda, Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life and Housing, described living on campus as “an immersion experience” where students are not only close to their classes but to one another. “Whether they live in the Village or one of our other residential options, it’s all about living where you learn and being part of the special place that is the SUNY Oswego community,” he said.
The website URL where information about the themed housing is available:
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