Current initiatives: buildings
- Sussman Village Apartments: The Sussman Village Apartments were 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 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
- 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.