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Village Celebrates LEED Gold, Silver

The Village at 115 is celebrating its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Case Western Reserve University was awarded a Silver rating for the entire Village at 115 residence hall complex in January, 2009, and House 5 in the Village received LEED Gold, the second highest certification, during the previous summer. The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED ratings for buildings that are considered to be the most "green," energy efficient, and high performing.

During a spring 2009 celebration, Glenn Nicholls, vice president for Student Affairs, presented the awards to President Barbara R. Snyder. Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc., and Grace Bell, a Case Western Reserve student leader and a Residence Hall Association representative, also offered remarks during the event.

"This is a true distinction," said Don Kamalsky, associate vice president for Student Affairs. "A team of people made this happen. We're very proud of receiving this honor."

The campus community was invited to the celebration and lunch was prepared by Bon App├ętit as part of its "Farm to Fork" concept that focuses on local foods. In addition, the university's annual Sustain-a-Palooza event coincided with the LEED celebration. Ten booths representing on-campus groups and outside organizations displayed the latest products and information related to sustainability.

The event also included tours of the village, which opened in 2005. The building was designed to achieve LEED certification through a variety of measures including efficient heating, lighting, water systems, energy-efficient windows, and wall and roof systems. Recycled and regionally manufactured building materials were used during construction, and efficient building practices reduced construction waste. The Village at 115 uses 40 percent less energy annually than conventional buildings.