Yale University Advances Campus Sustainability with Second LEED Platinum Building
Founded in 1901, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is the oldest professional forestry program in the U.S. As the academic programs and research initiatives expanded and students, faculty and staff grew, the school spread across eight buildings on campus. In the late 1990s, the school decided to construct a building that reflected its mission and values of sustainability.
The 56,467-sq.ft. (5,246 sq.m.) Kroon Hall, Yale’s second LEED Platinum project, contains office space for more than 50 faculty and staff, three classrooms, the 175-seat Burke Auditorium, the Knobloch Environment Center for socializing and study and the Ordway Learning Center for quiet study.
The specific goals of the project included:
- Create an international center for the study of the environment
- Transform a neglected corner of Science Hill into a revitalized gateway into this part of the campus
- Create an exemplar academic building for the 21st century
- Reduce carbon footprint, aiming for carbon-neutrality
- Achieve the highest LEED certification
- Create educational displays of sustainable design features
- Improve collegiality within the school
- Enhance the setting for adjacent existing buildings.