Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.41
Liaison Trevor Ledbetter
Submission Date Feb. 10, 2012
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STARS v1.0

University of Arizona
Tier2-3: Model Room in a Residence Hall

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Joseph Abraham
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an occupied, formally designated model room in a residence hall that is open to students during regular hours and demonstrates sustainable living principles?:

A brief description of the model room:

Virtual tours of each residence hall are posted online at Residence Life's website; however, model rooms may also be toured upon request with the Community Director of each residence hall.

Residence halls like Arbol de La Vida and Likins, are perhaps the most sustainably designed rooms on campus, but all residence hall rooms can be an example of sustainable living. For instance, Campus Tours focus on the amenities and the services that each hall has such as recycling, specialized lighting, and heating/cooling controls. Specifically, tour groups visit halls on Highland Avenue like Colonia De Laz or Villa del Puente being sure to highlight the ways residents can make their living experience comfortable and sustainable.

Specifically when students tour Likins Hall or Arbol de La Vida Hall, they are shown the following amenities found in every room:

•Roof-mounted solar panels will provide a significant amount of the hot water needs
•Computer-designed awnings on the south side of buildings allows for optimal sunlight in the winter and blocks it in the summer
•Low-flow water fixtures include low-flow showerheads and faucets and dual-flush toilets
•Smart thermostats in the rooms that recognize when the room is unoccupied and reduce energy consumption
•Multiple “green” outlets per room that shut off power to anything plugged in if the room is unoccupied
•Large windows open for direct ventilation and sunlight and feature dual window shades

The website URL where information about the model room in the residence hall is available:

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