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Skidmore College
Sustainability

Current Initiatives: Buildings

  • Hillside ApartmentsSussman Village Apartments: The Sussman Apartment Village was built to replace Scribner Village and features geothermal heating and cooling. Skidmore used on-site stone to build retaining walls and other landscaping features, and some walkways are made from recycled material from the Scribner Village demolition. The area around the buildings uses xeriscaping principles to reduce water usage.

  • Arthur Zankel Music CenterArthur Zankel Music Center: The Arthur Zankel Music Center opened its doors to the community in February 2010. As Skidmore's newest building, Zankel features a variety of sustainable features including geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting and windows, low-flow water fixtures, increased insulation for sound and efficiency, and occupancy sensors.

  • Murray-Aikins Dining Hall: The dining hall is also heated and cooled with geothermal energy. The building features energy-efficient lighting and windows, low-flow water fixtures, and a trayless dining program.

  • Northwoods Village Apartments: Built on a former "brown" site, the Northwoods Village Apartments are another geothermal project on Skidmore's campus. The apartments replaced off-campus student housing, which reduces campus car use and institutional greenhouse gas emissions. The building's trim is made from sustainably harvested wood, and the roofs, doors, and steel frames are made from recycled material. The buildings were designed to use natural daylight, and all lighting fixtures in the complex use high-efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs. Finally, construction was completed with low-emitting materials in paints, carpets, and adhesives.