Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The design committee in 2007 chose to use LEED, which is a certification process. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it is a quantitative tool used to measure sustainability. There are four different levels and the design set Silver as its base goal. As it currently stands, the union is at gold! There is only one other college union in the nation that is LEED Gold and that is the Unviersity of Vermont. They just barely made it, with 39 points.
It's an exciting time to be a part of the Wisconsin Union, as an organization. We just celebrated our 100th anniversary last year and as we begin our next century of service, we look to the future for our buildings and programs.
Sustainability is a buzz word in today’s society. There are lots of definitions of what it is and what it means. Here’s a definition from the EPA: sustainability is: meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
These are our initiatives to green building and sustainable practices.