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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 projects, saving more than $500,000 annually, include:

  • Upgraded lighting
  • Efficient heating and cooling systems
  • Cogeneration system to heat water for the pool,
  • Advanced ice rink cooling system

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. 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.

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