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Commonwealth presents environmental leadership award to Salem State

For successfully reducing energy and water use, promoting recycling and renewable energy and taking other major steps to improve overall environmental quality at public facilities, Salem State was recently honored with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ 2009 Leading by Example award.

The college was commended for retro-commissioning a building on its Central Campus to cut energy costs; meeting Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Design (LEED) requirements for an interim library; planting native beds to decrease the use of water for irrigation, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer on Central Campus; and working with nonprofit Salem Sound Coastwatch to create long-term stewardship of a nine-acre tidal marsh on college property.

Recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a Green Power Partner, Salem State also completed the installation of solar panels at Atlantic Hall, and is building another residence hall to LEED silver or higher certification.

Salem State received additional praise for its green building assessment program which was featured in an article in American School and University magazine.

Photo caption: Salem State’s Atlantic Hall overlooks the tidal marsh on Central Campus. 

RHA captures another national award

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) at Salem State is getting a reputation.

The National Association of College and University Residence Halls Association (NACURH) selected the college's welcome back carnival for its social program of the month award. The honor marks the third time Salem State's RHA program has been recognized by the national association.

“The Salem State Residence Hall Association continues to be one of the most recognized RHA groups in the country,” said Mathew Chetnik, associate director of residence life. For this award, the college edged out tough competition from the University of Illinois, the University of Southern California, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Appalachian State University, and the University of North Texas.