Centennial Hall Earns LEED Gold Certification
Residence hall is first on campus to achieve Gold rating
Centennial Hall, the first residence hall at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), has been awarded Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
LEED is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
"We are thrilled that Centennial Hall met such a high standard," said Brenda Greenfield, executive director of the ESF College Foundation, Inc., which constructed the $31 million residence hall on Oakland Street. "It was important to us that the building be constructed in keeping with ESF's focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship. Our students have made it clear they expect the college to practice what it teaches. Achieving LEED Gold certification is proof that we succeeded."
Centennial Hall achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings help cut expenses, consume less energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. "The work of innovative building projects such as SUNY-ESF's Centennial Hall is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement."
Centennial Hall was constructed using sustainable building materials where possible and prefabricated modular units that minimized waste and helped keep the project on a tight construction schedule. Windows were designed to take advantage of natural lighting, minimize heat loss and provide for natural ventilation. The storm water management system uses rain gardens to essentially eliminate runoff; the landscaping includes native plants, minimizes maintenance and provides a pedestrian-friendly setting; and space for automobile parking is limited. The building also includes a popular indoor storage and cleaning facility for residents' bicycles.
Recent ESF News
- Mighty Oaks Soccer Teams End Season at USCAA Championships
- Women's Cross Country Team Wins National Championship
- ESF Team Reports Discovery of Unusual Molecule
- ESF Alumna Leads Cannabis Team for Law Firm
- 38 ESF Students to Attend Zero Waste Conference
- ESF Represented at Forestry and Wood Products Summit
- Mighty Oaks Sweep HVIAC Tournament
- ESF Kicks Off International Education Week
- ESF Continues to Lead in World of Green Colleges
- ESF’s Barron Wins 2018 USCAA Golf National Championship
- ESF Celebrates Debut of Digital Storytelling Studio
- Volk to Present Travis Lecture on Shrub Willow
- The ESF Center for Community Design Research Receives Federal Research Grant
- National Geographic Live and ESF Host National Geographic Explorer/Photographer Anand Varma
- Waste not, want not
Communications & Marketing
122 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210