May 12, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 12, 2014 — Two national organizations have recently highlighted Drury University’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the University Suites residential building with a LEED Platinum certification, and The Princeton Review has once again named Drury in its annual guide to green colleges.
LEED Platinum Certification
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is the most prominent system worldwide for measuring and recognizing the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of buildings. Opened to students in August 2012, the 72-bed University Suites residence hall was designed by Bates & Associates Architects and built by Morelock-Ross. Drury currently leases the property from developer Bryan Magers.
“For Drury to be the home of a LEED Platinum certified project demonstrates commitment to values we can be proud of passing on to our students,” says Robert Weddle, Professor and Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives at the Hammons School of Architecture.
Only about a dozen other university residential buildings in the United States have achieved LEED Platinum certification. University Suites is the first in the state of Missouri to do so. It is the second building on Drury’s campus to earn a LEED designation – The O’Reilly Family Event Center has achieved LEED Gold certification.
Green Colleges Guide
For the fifth year in a row, Drury University is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. Drury is one of six Missouri colleges selected, and the only one in the Springfield area.
The Princeton Review selection process is based on “Green Ratings” that were tallied for 832 schools in the summer of 2013. The Princeton Review uses data from annual surveys to evaluate a school’s environmental and sustainability-related policies, practices and academic offerings.
Sustainability efforts can be seen across Drury’s campus. They range from buildings like University Suites and the O’Reilly Family Event Center to everyday actions such as bike rentals and the removal of trays in the cafeteria to reduce water use. Just last week, two golf carts used for campus tours were fitted with solar panels that will keep their batteries charged so they will no longer need to be plugged in overnight.
Other Drury sustainability initiatives cited by The Princeton Review include:
- Converting Stone Chapel to geothermal heating and cooling
- Establishing the Central Street Recycling Center
- Installing solar panels on the roof of Smith Hall
- Building a LEED Platinum certified Habitat for Humanity home
The complete list of 332 schools and a PDF of the Green Guide can be found online at: http://www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx.