THE FLATS AT EAST-WEST UNIVERSITY is a sustainable or “green” building. Its development speaks to the University’s commitment to minimize their long-term effect on the environment.
The Flats was designed and constructed with a goal of obtaining the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. LEED emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The Flats practices several “green” methods including the following:
- On-site Bicycle Storage: to reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.
- High Efficiency Appliances & Equipment: 70% of wattage used by items such as refrigerators and office copiers will be Energy Star Rated; an international standard for energy efficient consumer products.
- Green Housekeeping & Maintenance: use of products that have a low environmental impact such as concentrated cleaning solutions.
- Recycling Bins: to facilitate the reduction of waste generated by building occupants that is hauled to and disposed of in landfills
- Green Power: at least 35% of the building’s electricity is generated from renewable sources.
- Water Use Reduction
– Efficient Landscaping: to limit or eliminate the use of potable water for landscape irrigation.
– Ultra High Efficiency Plumbing Fixtures: to maximize water efficiency within buildings to reduce the burden on municipal water supply and wastewater systems.
East-West University encourages residents of The Flats to not simply live in a sustainable environment but to actively participate in its practices. The following are small changes residents can make in their daily lives that can make a big difference in the environment that they live, learn, and play in.
- Lighting accounts for about a quarter of all electricity consumed in the U.S. Use task lighting – focus the light where you need it – instead of lighting the entire room. Also, make sure to turn off lights when you leave a room, even for a short period of time.
- On average, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. These “phantom” loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as computers, TVs and DVDs, stereos, and small kitchen appliances. Plug home electronics into power strips and turn power strips off when the equipment is not in use.
- Windows can account for 10% to 25% of your energy usage. During the warmer months, your air conditioner must work harder to keep your apartment cool due to the heat produced from sun coming through the windows. Save energy by using curtains and window shades to give your air conditioner a break.
- 90% of the energy used by regular incandescent light bulbs goes towards generating heat not light. Replace standard bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs – they cost more per bulb but are far more efficient and last up to ten times longer. Over the life of one CFL, you can avoid replacing up to 13 incandescent bulbs and use 75% less energy!
- When washing dishes by hand, use the least amount of detergent possible. This minimizes rinse water needed. This has the potential to save 50 to 150 gallons a month.
- Don’t defrost frozen foods with running water. Either plan ahead by placing frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or defrost them in the microwave. This has the potential to save 50 to 150 gallons a month.
- Use small electric pans or toaster ovens for small meals rather than your full-sized stove or oven. A toaster oven uses 1/3 to 1/2 as much energy as a full-sized oven.
- Cover pans with lids to help keep the heat in. This allows you to use lower temperature settings and results in shorter cooking times.
- The average person uses 23.3 gallons of water per day when showering. Make an effort to shorten your showers. Even a one or two minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons of water per month.
- Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
- Turning off the water while you’re brushing your teeth can help save an average of 3 gallons of water per day.
- Dripping faucets can waste about 20 gallons of water per day! If your faucet leaks, please turn in a work order to have it repaired.