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Sodexo Sustainability Gallery 
Real-time energy-use and savings data, generated by the Building Dashboard® system.


Explore the Davis Center's Monitoring System.

Green Building

The Davis Center was built with the goal of obtaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification in green design. Therefore, every beam, window, or supply purchased during the construction process was cause for consideration — UVM was committed to leaving the smallest environmental footprint possible when building theDCDid you know? The Davis Center is the first student center in the U.S. to earn Gold–rated LEED Certification for new construction.

Read more about building green.

Facts to make you proud …

Saving resources
  • We estimate 52% savings in electricity, heating and cooling compared to a non–LEED building of our size (186,000 square feet).
    • How? A computerized energy management system including a lighting control system and carbon dioxide sensors that shut off heating and cooling systems when rooms are not in use.
  • We estimate a 41% reduction in water use compared to a non–LEED building of our size.
    • How? We have flushless urinals and automatic faucets.
  • 92.08% of construction waste was diverted from a landfill.
    • How? Construction waste was reused or recycled.
  • 94% of Carrigan Building (measured by weight) was reused or recycled.
    • How? Rubble was crushed and used as underlay for paths around the Davis Center and for local roads.
  • Management of stormwater run–off
    • How? A green roof adds more green space to the building's environs (not to mention helps with insulation); plus the radiant heat system for the loading dock below the green roof eliminates the need for salt and other ice melts.
Conscious of materials
  • 5% recycled content in new materials
  • 65% of materials manufactured locally (within a 500 mile radius)
    • How? Slate from Fair Haven, VT; maple from Shelburne, VT; bricks from East Highgate,VT; soil on the green roof is from Burlington's Intervale.
  • Low–emitting materials (carpet, paints and sealants) in the building's interior make for a healthy climate.
  • Forest Stewardship Council certified wood credit for wood used in the building.
Thoughtful advocacy of green lifestyle
  • Promoting alternative forms of transportation
    • How? Walk, run, bike to campus - the Davis Center has showers on every floor.
    • How? Over 100 new bicycles spaces (this quantity exceeds the LEED requirement).
  • We did not consume green space in constructing the Davis Center (rather the Davis Center was constructed over a parking lot and Carrigan Building).
  • Partnerships with local food sources
    • How? University Dining Services commitment to the Vermont Fresh Network and partnerships with local food providers such as Arethusa Farms.
  • Because the mass of the building faces south, we rely on a large supply of natural light to keep electricity use to a minimum.
  • Built–in recycling collection spaces and composting in dining operations.

Davis Center & LEED Certification

In order to meet LEED requirements, the Davis Center incorporates multiple green–design principles. For each green element, the Davis Center earns a credit. Credits are awarded in the following categories:

  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy & atmosphere
  • Materials & resources
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Innovation and design process

View the LEED Checklist (pdf) and see where the Davis Center earns LEED points in our LEEDcertification goals (pdf).

What does all this mean?

The Davis Center is a building you can feel good about. UVM’s green mission is something that this building demonstrates every day. We hope you’ll stop by, hang out, and know that you’re a part of something bigger than a building.

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