Students arrived on the University of La Verne campus Monday toting backpacks and hot coffee, some still sleepy-eyed from months of summer relaxation and others raring to go for the first day of t...
From a rooftop garden that helps reduce energy demand for cooling to seating made from recycled seatbelts, the university’s Campus Center was designed to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Last May the three-story, 40,000-square foot facility became the first building within the City of La Verne to attain Silver LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“Concern for the environment and the health of our planet is one of the tenets of La Verne’s Mission Statement,” University President Steve Morgan said. “In designing and building our new Campus Center, sustainability was a strong characteristic we stressed.”
Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system designed to reduce the negative environmental impacts of buildings while improving occupant health and well-being. La Verne’s Campus Center was designed by Pasadena-based architecture firm Gonzalez Goodale Architects and constructed by K.A.R. Construction Inc. of Ontario.