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Geneseo Facilities and Campus Construction Embrace Sustainability

Monroe Hall exterior
Monroe Hall is one of five "green" buildings on campus, which incorporate innovative technologies such as geothermal heating and cooling, rainwater collection and more. /File photo

SUNY Geneseo demonstrates a commitment to building a community that uses resources responsibly through our campus facilities, including our new construction and renovation. The college also incorporates innovative technologies such as geothermal wells and rainwater collection.

Five buildings — residence halls, the administration building, a renovated academic building and a dining facility — boast Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification (LEED) from the  U.S. Green Building Council.

For Monroe Hall residence hall, the entire process — from design to construction — used environmentally friendly materials, as well as geothermal well technology, said David Norton, associate director of facilities planning and construction. Even construction waste was recycled.

Geneseo's “green” facilities include:

Monroe Hall

  • LEED Gold Certified
  • Geothermal system — heating and cooling
  • Rainwater harvesting for use in bathroom water closets
  • Electronic energy dashboard
  • Energy-efficient windows and mechanical equipment
  • Water bottle refill stations

Bailey Hall

  • LEED Silver certified
  • Natural daylighting
  • Passive solar and sun shading
  • Energy-efficient windows and mechanical equipment
  • Water bottle refill stations

Letchworth Dining Hall

  • LEED Silver certified
  • Geothermal system — heating and cooling
  • Rainwater harvesting for use at bathroom water closets
  • Natural daylighting
  • Passive solar and sun shading
  • Energy-efficient windows and mechanical equipment

Seneca Hall

  • LEED Silver certifiable
  • Geothermal system — heating
  • Passive solar and sun shading
  • Energy-efficient windows and mechanical equipment

Doty Hall

  • LEED Silver certifiable
  • Geothermal system — heating and cooling
  • Rainwater harvesting for use in bathroom water closets
  • Energy-efficient windows and mechanical equipment
  • Water bottle refill stations

"Green" buildings on campus are one of many ways in which the college is addressing sustainability. View our interactive storytelling map to learn more.