By Derek Newberry, Advocacy Fellow
The Green Building Showcase is today! We're excited to see everyone this evening at 6:30pm at our beautiful venue: the Calderwood Courtyard of the newly-renovated, LEED Gold-certified Harvard Art Museums (Sign up here if you haven't already).
Harvard University has consistently demonstrated its commitment to sustainability. Their campus currently boasts about 100 LEED certified and registered projects, more than any other higher education institution in the world. Besides hosting this USGBC event, the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Green Building Services will be showcasing their recent green building achievements.
The project that will be featured by Harvard Business School is Tata Hall, a LEED Platinum building completed in 2014. Home to the HBS Executive Education Program, the project team incorporated environmental strategies in all stages of the design of this 7-story, 153,700 square foot building.
The Harvard Office for Sustainability will also feature three of their recently LEED-certified projects:
- Stone Hall: This LEED Platinum renovation of a 59,100 square foot existing home headlines a larger, long-term renovation project to renovate each of the twelve undergraduate houses at Harvard. Formerly known as “Old Quincy,” this project's goals included: minimizing energy demand and loss, eliminating acoustics issues, and improving occupant comfort.
- Nocera Laboratory: Although laboratories are typically regarded as energy intensive buildings, Nocera achieved LEED Gold status in 2013. Progressive, innovative design strategies were used to meet the high energy targets in a space that optimized its indoor environment and minimized its resource consumption.
- Cronkhite Center: The 2013 renovation of this 75,000 square foot residence hall achieved LEED Gold certification. A remarkably fast-track renovation over 11 weeks helped keep this Graduate Center in alignment with Harvard University's sustainable housing mission.
We're looking forward to learning more about these and dozens of other innovative green buildings at this evening's event. Thank you to Harvard University for hosting our Showcase, and to Harvard Business School and the Harvard Office for Sustainability for their ongoing commitment to green buildings!