The Oaks dining center is the latest building on campus to receive recognition for its green design. The Oaks was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status by the
This is BGSU's fourth LEED-certified building. The Stroh Center has LEED Gold status and
The dining center was built with sustainability in mind. Seventy-five percent of the construction waste was recycled; all building materials used were purchased within a 500-mile radius;
Additional "green" features that helped The Oaks earn LEED certification include a green roof with herbs, vegetables and a live roof panel system; solar energy panels; electric catering vehicles; water conservation, including storm water reclamation for use in the bathrooms and landscape irrigation; tray-less dining; and educational components, which include an informational hallway on the ground floor and tours of the roof and the building.
"First of all to get a LEED Gold building on your campus is a great accomplishment and to get a dining center is practically unheard of," said
Hennessy said they also ran a very successful composting program at The Oaks from March to May.
The dining center is managed by
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