Sustainable practices guide the construction of all new buildings and major renovations at Bucknell, ensuring our historic campus remains sustainable for generations of future students.
All new construction at Bucknell is designed in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. LEED standards measure the efficiency and effectiveness of a building’s green features both during construction and over its life cycle, and take into account site selection, water efficiency, energy use, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design, among other factors. Recent construction projects, such as the South Campus Apartments and the renovation of Roberts Hall, have attained the more rigorous Gold and Silver LEED certifications.
But our commitment doesn’t end there. Our sustainable buildings and green spaces — including hundreds of trees that predate the University — are also living laboratories for teaching and research.
Outdoor classroom and study spaces, such as those at the South Campus Apartments, between Roberts Hall and the Carnegie Building, and between Bertrand Library and Academic West (a tribute from the Class of 2016), foster connection to the natural world. Several green roofs and a rain garden at the Bucknell Center for Sustainability & the Environment reduce and recycle stormwater while doubling as research, learning and event spaces. And in 2015, affiliates of the University’s Renewable Energy Scholars program collaborated to plan, design and build the Living Greenhouse, an experimental space incorporating sustainable technologies including wind and solar power, anaerobic digestion, rainwater collection, sustainable food production and composting.