As part of Salem State’s commitment to reduce its environmental footprint, we search for opportunities to improve the energy and water efficiency of our built environment. We strive to achieve the LEED Gold standard or better for new construction and, where possible, LEED Silver for renovations. Our five LEED-certified buildings illustrate this U.S. Green Building Council standard’s focus on sustainable, energy-efficient design.
The university also works to decrease emissions at existing buildings. In the first two phases of energy and water efficiency improvements in 2015-16, we upgraded lighting and heating and cooling systems across much of campus. In Phase 3, we installed a cogeneration system to heat water for the pool and upgraded the ice rink cooling system. The first two phases generated cost savings of over $800,000 through spring, 2017.
Renewable and Alternative Energy
Two buildings (Atlantic Residence Hall and the O’Keefe Athletic Center) host solar arrays that supplement the electricity supply for those structures. The two arrays have produced over one million kWh of electricity and avoided the production of over 700 tons of greenhouse gases. The Berry Library and Learning Commons features a geothermal system that reduces heating and cooling energy needs.
Salem State University is protective of the nine-acre tidal marsh on its property, home to several species of birds including the Great Blue Heron, Double-Crested Cormorant and Kingfisher. The Central Campus quadrangle includes a bioswale of native grasses and perennials abutting the large lawn area, collecting and cleaning runoff before it enters the tidal marsh.
2017- LEED certification anticipated
2015 - LEED Gold
2015 - Parksmart Award
2013 - LEED Silver