Hodges University

Green Initiatives

 
Hodges University's new Fort Myers building is designed and operates to create a healthier and more sustainable environment.  We are proud to announce our new location is certified with a LEED Gold Rating by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

WHAT IS LEED?

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System was developed by the USGBC as the national benchmark for green buildings - promoting environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.  LEED utilizes a whole building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in 5 important areas: site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environment quality.
 
Select the links below to learn more about our LEED qualifications.

LEED

Site Development
During the site preparations stages of this project, Hodges University encouraged strategies that minimized the impact on the local ecosystems and water resources. Environmentally sensitive issues like controlled storm water run-off, construction activities that resulted in negligible site pollution, access to alternative public transportation and a balanced parking plan all contributed to the building’s environmental sustainability.
Water Savings
Hodges University is committed to conservation. By utilizing waterless urinals, low-flow toilets, auto sensing low-flow faucets, and other low-flow fixtures; the building uses only 63% of the amount of water a comparable building would use. Incorporating native and "Florida friendly" plants, Bahia grass, and utilizing drip line irrigation reduces the amount of water required to keep our plants healthy by 57%. Drip line irrigation is more efficient because it delivers water more directly to the landscape with less evaporation.
Materials Selection
It is estimated commercial and residential construction in the U.S. generates about two pounds of solid waste per square foot of building, which equals about 30% of landfill waste. During construction of this building, over 75% of construction waste was recycled instead of sent to a landfill. Whether it be in the steel structure, the stud walls, the doors, the floor, or the furniture; the building is constructed with materials that have a recycled content averaging 80% of the material content. By using recycled content, we reduced the amount of energy and virgin resources used to fabricate new materials required to occupy our new building.
Indoor Environment
Did you know your shoes are a source of indoor pollutants? Without wiping one's feet, it takes the average person six steps to remove pollutants from his or her shoes. Hodges University has provided walk-off mats at the building's entrances to help reduce the amount of pollutants that enter the building. Our campuses are cleaned utilizing low environmental impact cleaning products and equipment. Our "green cleaning" goal is to clean effectively while creating a healthy indoor environment, without harming the natural environment.
Energy Efficiency
Our new building was designed with many energy saving products. All windows are insulated and double paned with exterior SunScreens to reduce heat. The tiles used on the roof are specifically designed to create a "cool roof", reflecting more heat than they absorb. The exterior paint also reflects more heat than it absorbs. This not only reduces air conditioning usage but also extends the life of the paint so the building will not have to be repainted as often. All rooms are equipped with motion sensors that will turn off lights and adjust thermostats when rooms are left empty. Air conditioners and refrigerators can contain refrigerants that may deplete our ozone layer. Ozone is Earth's natural shield against harmful UV rays. The air conditioning systems and refrigerators used in the building use refrigerants that are not harmful to the ozone layer.

Did You Know?

Hodges University’s Associate Professor of Business Administration, Dr. Aysegul Timur, was honored with a best presenter award at the 2007 Global Business & Economics Research Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Timur’s report, “The Impact of the European Integration on the Pharmaceutical Industry,” was picked best out of the 50 presentations at the global event.

Green Tips
To use at home:

  • Turn off lights and ceiling fans when not in use.
  • Place mats by entrances to reduce indoor pollutants.
  • Replace inefficient appliances with HE when possible.
  • Utilize native plants and drip line irrigation when designing landscapes.
  • Take the bus or car pool to reduce emissions.
  • Research the Tex-Cote "Coolwall" System when repainting.
  • When replacing air conditioning systems, shop for systems that utilize efficient heat pump systems.
  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products.
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