Saving the Earth While They Sleep
Thumbs up to Atlanta’s Spelman College for leading the way among Black colleges in building a “green” residence hall, which will earn it the federal stamp of approval — the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification — the only HBCU to earn such distinction.
So, will the dorm look like a tree house? Not exactly, say college officials. “It’s going to be very mod. It’s going to have a lot of glass. The building materials are recycled, there’s no toxic materials,” says Spelman spokeswoman A.J. Johnson. The dorm will resemble many others, with 303 beds, mostly in suite-style quarters. The building will also include a dining hall and parking lot. Green buildings typically include three components: energy efficiency, resource conservation and indoor air quality — all of which cut down on long-term costs.
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