Archive for December, 2011

Emory & Henry, Hollins to compete in national energy challenge

Next spring, both Emory and Hollins will be putting their commitment to conservation to the test.  Both schools will be competing in the Campus Conservation Nationals.  This national energy challenge, hosted by Lucid Design Group, the US Green Building Council, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the National Wildlife Federation, will include more than 170 schools across the country.

The competition will be taking place in select residence halls on each campus.  At Emory, these will include Hillman and Wiley-Jackson.  At Hollins, the competing halls will be Tinker, Randolph, East, West, and Main.  We will be competing nationally for a chance to win two Lucid Design building dashboards.  Results will be measured by percent reduction in electricity usage versus a baseline period to take place prior to the competition.  Additionally, the biggest reducer on each campus will win a prize (to be determined later, but most likely involving free food!).

More details will be available early next semester.  If you are interested in getting involved by being a floor captain, developing marketing materials, or just spreading the word, feel free to send me an email (freedmanjb at hollins dot edu).

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Hollins goes Silver

Today, Hollins announced it’s first LEED-Certified building.  The Robbie Hunt Burton Alumnae Cottage received LEED silver certification from the US Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute.  The Alumnae Cottage was constructed in 1905 and received a recent renovation that included a geothermal HVAC system, water-efficient fixtures, and energy-efficient appliances.  Sustainable interior materials were used extensively throughout the project, including bamboo flooring and other building materials containing recycled content.  Additionally, 100% of the construction waste was recycled.

The geothermal goodness doesn’t end there, though.  This summer, Hollins will putting it’s largest residence hall on a geothermal heating and cooling system.  This will involve boring approximately 75, 400-foot wells.  Work is slated to begin right after our students leave in May and finish before school begins again in August.

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