Elmhurst College and the Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition will host an “eco-tour” of West Hall, the College's LEED-certified residence hall, on Tuesday, June 10.
Led by Bruce Mather, the College’s executive director of facilities management, this free, one-hour tour will highlight eco-friendly aspects of West Hall and the surrounding grounds. The tour begins at 7:00 p.m. on the west side of the West Hall building, near the parking lot. The public is invited to attend.
Elmhurst College is a regional leader in its efforts to support, enhance and promote sustainability. West Hall, which opened its doors to 170 students in 2008, is a prime example of how the College puts principles of sustainable design to work in the day-to-day lives of students.
The building’s green features include: eco-friendly building materials; energy-saving, motion-sensitive lighting; a network of massive underground cisterns that store storm water for use when needed instead of dispersing it through storm sewers; 42 rooftop solar panels that reduce water-heating costs; and a surrounding garden of water-stingy native prairie plants.
In 2009, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded West Hall a gold rating in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The building was one of the first of its kind in Illinois to achieve that status.