SPSU Hornets Get New Green Buildings

The Southern Polytechnic State University campus in Marietta, Georgia got a green makeover this summer. The university has completed work on a group of buildings that have been awarded both a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award and an EarthCraft award. LEED is the certification given by the U.S. Green Building Council, while EarthCraft was created by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association to ensure sustainable, efficient design in residential dwellings in the Southeast.

The group of green buildings include both residential and dining facilities on campus known as Hornet Village, University Columns and Stinger’s Restaurant. The buildings received the LEED Silver certification because of their water efficiency, use of materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. Projects with the EarthCraft designation typically have lower utility costs, better indoor air quality and reduced maintenance requirements.


University Columns includes 10 houses for students who are part of fraternities, sororities or international honors programs. Each home includes sleeping for 12 along with kitchen, laundry, study lounge and meeting room. Hornet Village includes two, four-story environmentally-friendly buildings with suite-style rooms for undergraduates.

The Stinger’s Restaurant offers a number of  eco-friendly programs, such as not using food trays in an effort to decrease the amount of waste in landfills, and conserves energy by eliminating the need for heated water in the washing process. Other green measures taken by Stingers include buying from local farms and companies, using oils with zero-trans fat, serving ocean friendly sea-food and caged-free eggs, selling refillable mugs and participating in Project Clean Plate. Project Clean Plate encourages students to only take what they can eat, thus reducing food waste in landfills. After three weeks of the program, food waste was reduced by 300 pounds.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.

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