More success for Simpson College: The new addition to the Blank Performing Arts Center has received a silver rating in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
The system was designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage and facilitate the development of more sustainable buildings.
The Blank addition achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.
The goal in constructing sustainable buildings is to use less energy and water, which produce cost savings, reductions and greenhouse gas emissions and a healthier environment.
The addition was designed by SVPA Architects Inc. in West Des Moines.
Promoting green initiatives on campus and across central Iowa is an important part of Simpson’s plan for the future. Simpson President John Byrd signed an agreement with college and university presidents across the nation that committed Simpson to reducing and eventually eliminating its carbon footprint.
Since signing the agreement, Simpson has made great progress. Simpson has already made numerous updates in current buildings to help conserve natural resources, instituted a campus-wide recycling program and purchased a biodiesel converter that will allow used vegetable oil from the dining hall to be converted into fuel for campus vehicles and other machines. Simpson has also committed to environmentally friendly designs in all future construction projects.