There is no cheaper, cleaner power than energy you don’t have to produce. That’s why energy conservation is our primary strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We use 30% less energy than universities of the same size in our climate.
The Admissions & Alumni building's rooftop solar panels generate 3% of the building's electrical needs. The Student Center has solar panels mounted on a pole, the south wall and roof. Mechanical Engineering seniors designed the system, Facilities installed it and Seattle City Light funded this 5,500 kWh demonstration project.
Our electricity is 100% carbon neutral.
The Student Center’s new LED lamps save $3,800 annually and make the artwork more attractive. The LEDs use 76% less energy than the incandescent lamps they replaced and pay for themselves in 9 months. They last 10 times longer, saving money from reduced labor and lamp replacement costs.
All new buildings are designed to achieve LEED Gold standards. The 4 LEED Gold buildings feature:
Our Facilities Master Plan outlines how Seattle University integrates sustainable design principles into our buildings and grounds.
Solar panels, green roof, and a rainwater cistern mark our first LEED-Gold building, built in 2009.
Renovating a warehouse, Energy Star rated office equipment, GreenGuard Certified furniture, and reused furniture are the hallmarks of this LEED Gold building.
A rain garden, a chilled beam that cools the computer lab, and a raised floor suppling warm air near occupants’ feet are the highlights of the LEED Gold library addition.
Windows with a view, parking for 50 bikes, and 30% more outdoor air ventilation are the green features of our fourth LEED-Gold building.