Rutgers initiative wins sustainability award

Rutgers initiative wins sustainability award

The New Jersey Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the 2016-17 Innovative School Project of the Year to the recently completed College Avenue Redevelopment Initiative at Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus.

The Initiative began in 2012 with a partnership between Rutgers University and New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO), according to the website Their collective intent was to create modern, sustainably built, academic and residential spaces on the College Avenue Campus at Rutgers.

The award illustrates their success and showcases Rutgers University map as a leader in green building among institutions of higher education, officials said.

The initiative includes three new buildings, as well as outdoor spaces for academic and social uses. Numerous sustainable building practices were implemented in the design and construction of all spaces, including sustainable site planning, energy and water use reduction, conservation of materials and resources, and improvement of indoor air quality.

All three buildings in the initiative will be silver-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, the pre-eminent green building certification in the world.

By achieving LEED silver-level certification for all three buildings, Rutgers and Devco created a sustainable future for the vibrant college community and New Brunswick.

 “We definitely wanted to be on the cutting edge of sustainable development because it will help decide how we grow as a society," said David Banks, a development associate at Devco. "To continue planning for a better urban future, synergy between the city and the school will depend on sustainable development as a crucial part of that process."

The award from USGBC NJ accompanies the official launch of, an interactive, multimedia website that will serve as a teaching tool to aid students in understanding the integrative process of creating LEED-certified buildings. This semester, digital kiosks will be installed in all three buildings so occupants can interact with as they move throughout the buildings.

Student-led tours will also begin informing visitors about the LEED certification and sustainable features of each building.


Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Construction Firms, Educational Buildings - Colleges and Universities, Sustainable Communities, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

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