By Celis Brisbin, Programs Manager
To become a leader in experiential, project-based, interdisciplinary learning, Wentworth is transforming its campus through renovation and new construction. Many of the environmentally sustainable and resilient features of these projects have not been widely publicized despite meeting industry best practices. With a generous grant from National Grid through the Green Apple Mini-Grant program and the support of the Wentworth Sustainability Committee, the Wentworth Environmental Collaborative hosted a Green Building Tour as the first of two Green Apple Day of Service projects.
On the evening of Oct. 6, 2015, Kevin Smith, Planning and Construction’s clerk of the works, and Andrew Breiter-Wu, assistant sustainability coordinator co-led a tour through three of the latest building projects to show students and faculty members the many sustainable features which have been incorporated into the design and construction process. The tour included the Flanagan Campus Center, Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, and the Apartments at 525 Huntington Avenue.
These green buildings are compliant with the City of Boston’s Green Building Guidelines (BRA Article 37) and are LEED certifiable. The tour demonstrated the importance of addressing many dimensions of sustainability, including energy efficiency and climate change, resource conservation, storm water management, adaptive re-use of existing infrastructure, and creating flexible spaces to meet the needs of a dynamic college campus. For additional photos of the Green Building Tour and other Wentworth Environmental Collaborative Events, visit their Facebook page.