Carbon Neutral Day
Each year, Gallaudet University partners with Hess Energy Services for Carbon Neutral Day. Hess C-Neutral is a carbon-neutral energy program for natural gas, electricity, and fuel oil. Through C-Neutral, Hess engineers calculate the carbon emissions associated with a customer’s energy usage and include enough carbon offsets with the energy purchased to make it up to 100 percent carbon neutral. C-Neutral uses offsets that are Green-e® Climate certified, the nation's leading certification and verification program for renewable energy.
gROW Garden Shed
On May 4, 2013, a group of Gallaudet University volunteers built a shed for the gROW Garden by Hanson Plaza.
The James Lee Sorenson Language and Communication Center (SLCC), completed in 2008, is the University’s first green building, with the distinction of being certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) structure.
LEED is a series of rating systems for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods. LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and is intended to provide building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.
In 2012, the Living and Learning Residence Hall 6 (LLRH6) opened. LLRH6 is a residence hall and collaboration space where sustainability is a key component. It uses a geothermal heating and cooling system, a natural source of renewable energy. The building includes water saving and high efficiency fixtures, recycled and regional content and materials, and mechanical (HVAC), electric, and plumping systems installed with a focus on efficiency and controllability. LLRH6’s sustainable design strategies will be used to obtain LEED Silver Certification.