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Luis Chaparro Rodriguez ’19 is one of many students who has benefited from living in the newly renovated Wright Hall. “Everything from the tidiness to the perks of having my own air conditioning unit has been amazing,” he said. “I can tell you that it has definitely made my learning and living experience a lot better. It honestly feels like I’m at home, and it’s left an everlasting impression.” The 2015 renovation also had a significant impact on Randolph’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Last fall, the 109-yearold residence hall became the first building on Randolph’s campus to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The project included the installation of a new HVAC system, an elevator, new furniture, new laundry rooms, and remodeled restrooms. Specific improvements were also incorporated to make the building more environmentally friendly, which earned LEED Silver certification. “It’s important for us to live by the values that we espouse, and so designing and executing the renovation in a way that was sustainable was an expression of those values,” said Randolph President Bradley W. Bateman. “It’s important for students to have the chance to see that organizations can design renovations and execute them in ways that are environmentally sustainable. And it’s important for them to see the kind of beautiful outcomes you get when you do it right.” LEED certification is based on a point system in various categories, such as site selection, water efficiency, and energy efficiency. From those scores, buildings receive one of four possible certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. Sara Woodward ’16, Randolph’s sustainability coordinator, said Wright Hall earned points specifically for its high-efficiency faucets and toilets, access to public transportation, low-emitting materials, and energy-efficient light controls. The residence hall gained additional points because it was renovated with reused materials and because the College responsibly managed construction waste. “This certification is yet another recognition of Randolph’s ongoing 20 SUSTAINABILITY ‘LEED’ER


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