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New solar panels on Salem State University's library.

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. Recent energy efficiency projects saved $1.4 million from FY16-18.

Renewable and Alternative Energy

Five buildings host solar arrays that supplement the electricity supply for those structures. Panels on the Berry Library, Gassett Fitness Center and Marsh Hall were installed in spring 2019, joining arrays on O’Keefe and Atlantic. The panels have produced over 1.5 million kWh of electricity and avoided the production of over 1,000 tons of greenhouse gases. A geothermal system at the Berry Library and Learning Commons reduces heating and cooling energy demand.

Environmental Stewardship

Salem State University protects the nine-acre tidal marsh on its property, home to several species of birds including herons, egrets and kingfishers. 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.

Sustainable Buildings

Additional Sustainable Buildings

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