Student Housing Goes Green In Ohio

University campuses in recent years have increasingly gone for green building, in both educational buildings and student housing. Now, the University of Akron in Ohio will have some green housing of its own via local developers Edward and Herbert Newman, who have announced the creation of a “Green-minded Advanced Student Living Environment” adjacent to the campus.

Known as EnVision Apartments, the development will consist of 111 two- and three-bedroom furnished units equipped with Energy-Star appliances in each large kitchen area, tankless hot water systems, and secured indoor bicycle storage, as well as laundry, study and recreation centers in each building. The apartments will house approximately 300 residents within its five buildings, all in “a park-like setting consisting of mature trees and plantings.”

Envision Ohio

image via Edward and Herbert Newman

While the press release on this is longer on the “expansive and luxurious living and recreational spaces” of the new EnVision development than its green features, we assume this development will also be more energy efficient than a conventional apartment building.  The first phase will be ready for student occupancy in January, 2011, just in time for the start of The University of Akron’s spring semester.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.