Bentley's Sustainable Building Commitment
When Bentley signed the President's Climate Commitment in 2007 it committed to achieving LEED-Silver certification for all new construction and major renovations (renovations greater than 50% replacement value). In addition, Facilities Management and the Office of Sustainability work together on smaller upgrades and renovations across the campus to ensure that sustainable building principles are being applied.
In 2018, Bentley University constructed a 76,000 square-foot multi-purpose ice arena. The Bentley Arena was named the most environmentally sustainable in the United States and was the first standalone ice arena to earn the United States Green Building Council's LEED Platinum Certification. The Bentley Arena has half of the carbon footprint of peer buildings thanks to a combination of high efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment; high efficiency ice making equipment; a state-of-the-art heat reclamation loop; smart LED lighting systems and a 504 kilowatt rooftop solar array. The Bentley Arena also uses 50% less water than peers and provides the perfect venue for students to explore the impacts of various sustainable technologies on natural resource use and operating costs.
Water-Saving Faucets and Shower Head
The majority of the Residence halls are equipped with water-saving, low flow faucets and shower heads.
- These fixtures reduce the amount of water used by 40%. [Source: EPA WaterSense].
- Low-flow faucets and shower heads work by restricting the flow of water while maintaining standard water pressure (approximately 80 psi). Therefore consumers are able to enjoy the same water pressure while conserving water.
- These fixtures also reduce energy use by 40%. Energy is related to water use in several ways:
- Energy is used to heat hot water, if less water is used, less natural gas or electricity is burned to heat the water,
- Energy is also used to pump water to your faucet and used to pump wastewater (water that goes down the drain) to wastewater treatment plants where more energy is used to treat the water before it is discharged to the environment, if less water is used, less energy is used to pump and treat wastewater.
- By reducing the demand for hot water by using low flow shower heads and faucets an average household can cut the emission of 376 pounds and 83 pounds of climate-changing carbon dioxide each year respectively. Not to mention the savings from treating less wastewater!
Dual Flush Toilets
Dual flush toilets have been installed in many buildings on campus. Dual Flush Toilets allow the user to choose a small flush and larger flush to accommodate liquid and solid wastes respectively.
The small flush uses 0.9 gallons per flush (GPF) while the large flush uses 1.6 GPF.
These types of toilets save both water and money!
Low VOC Paint
Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are chemicals released while paint is in either a solid or liquid state. Through evaporation these chemicals pollute the air and can have adverse health effects on organisms which come in contact with them. Low VOC paint contains levels of VOC which are considerable healthier than other paints. Bentley has a policy of only using low VOC paints on campus to keep our campus community healthy.