VILLANOVA, Pa. – One of Villanova University’s newest buildings, the Andrew J. Talley Athletic Center, has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. The Talley Center was dedicated in October 2016.
With the addition of the Talley Center, Villanova now has six LEED certified buildings. The Charles Widger School of Law (Gold), Driscoll Hall (Gold), Fedigan Hall (Gold), Sheehan Hall (Silver) and Sullivan Hall (Silver) are the others. More information on each of those buildings can be found here.
“We are very excited to add the Talley Center to our growing list of LEED certified buildings on campus”, said Liesel Schwarz, Sustainability Manager at Villanova. “At the Talley Center, there will be no permanent irrigation on site. We expect to see a 20 percent reduction in energy usage and 30 percent reduction in water use based on the building’s design. Almost a quarter of the materials that were used in this project contained recycled content, which compliments the University’s continued sustainable efforts.”
The Andrew J. Talley Athletic Center adds on to the existing Jake Nevin Field House by creating a facility that meets the growing athletic performance demands for student-athletes across Villanova's 24 varsity sports. This new state-of-the-art building houses the department's sports medicine operations and The Howie Long Strength & Conditioning Training Center, with other amenities including a new football locker room, coaches' offices, equipment room, academic support, a 100-seat meeting room and a reception/training table area.
Villanova continues to be recognized as one of the nation’s greenest colleges, having received national recognition for its commitment to sustainability by a number of organizations including the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Villanova recycles and composts 30 percent of its waste, sending all of its trash to Covanta, an energy-from-waste facility that burns the trash for electricity. The University has installed over 50 hydration stations on campus to make it more convenient to fill up reusable water bottles. The initiative has already saved the equivalent of more than 1.7 million water bottles. In 2016, Villanova received a Tree Campus USA® recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to promote healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Villanova also incorporates its commitment to the environment into its community service initiatives. To learn more about Villanova’s commitment to environmental sustainability, click here.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit www.villanova.edu.