An innovative approach to “recycling” homes built for past Solar Decathlons and turning them into sustainable student and faculty housing, combined with a geothermal project that will cut campus energy use in half, helped Missouri University of Science and Technology win a 2013 Climate Leadership Award.
“We are honored to receive this national recognition for what we believe are very pragmatic yet bold approaches to sustainability,” says Missouri S&T Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader. “Our Solar Village is the only neighborhood of its kind on any university campus, and it demonstrates the feasibility of green, low-impact living while highlighting the creativity of the students who designed and built those homes.
“Our geothermal energy system is one of the most comprehensive to be undertaken on a university campus,” Schrader adds. “I believe it too will become a model for other institutions to emulate.”
The Climate Leadership Awards are presented annually to colleges and universities whose leaders have signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. To be eligible for the award, institutions must demonstrate innovative and advanced leadership in education for sustainability and climate mitigation and adaption, says David Hales, president of Second Nature.
Missouri S&T was one of 20 finalists for the 2013 Climate Leadership Awards. S&T was selected for its pragmatic approaches to sustainable energy use. Specifically, the campus was cited for two initiatives:
In April, Missouri S&T also won a video contest sponsored by Second Nature in conjunction with the Climate Leadership Awards. The month-long contest featured videos about the sustainability initiatives of all CLA finalists. Missouri S&T’s video focused on the Solar Village and the geothermal energy project.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76DquvGTuj0?rel=0&w=560&h=315]
Final winners of the Climate Leadership Awards were chosen by members of the Second Nature Board of Directors unaffiliated with ACUPCC signatory schools.