Kids at the Kent Denver college preparatory day-school in Englewood, Colorado, will be getting an education on green building and sustainability every day at lunch, thanks to their new dining hall, believed to be the first LEED Platinum free-standing dining facility in the world.
Designed with the help of Sodexo–a company focused on “quality of life solutions” for corporate, education, health care, and government settings–the Kent Denver dining hall is projected to use approximately 50 percent less energy and water than a typical building, and was constructed with eco-friendly, sustainably-produced, and/or locally-sourced materials.
It’s not just the building itself, however, that make this dining hall green. Student meals at Kent Denver will consist of all-natural meats, dairy products free from artificial growth hormones and organic/locally-sourced fruits and vegetables–and by local, we mean really local. (The campus has a 100-tree orchard, an outdoor garden, and an on-site living herb wall.) The majority of the waste generated by the Kent Denver dining hall will be fully composted or recycled.
Kent Denver has even taken green one step further here by working with Sodexo to weave educational programs into the mealtime experience. (Sorry, kids, even the lunch is educational.) Students here will be able participate in various environmental-focused programs over the course of meals focused on solar power, recycling, and sustainable agriculture.