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Going, Going Green

by Dallas Theological Seminary on November 1, 2008 in Articles

Dallas Seminary has long been committed to good stewardship of the environment, but in recent years we have become increasingly proactive. In addition to placing a high value on beauty in our campus setting, we also have done the following:

• Instituted a program for recycling paper, glass, aluminum cans, and batteries

• Phased out chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that harm the ozone layer

• Automated air-conditioning and heat, significantly reducing consumption

• Attempted to “build green” in design and construction

• Expanded Campbell Academic Center rather than demolishing it and building new (DTS recognized and awarded funding for reuse)

• Partnered with consultants and contractors to achieve sustainable design and adhere to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) criteria for Leadership in Environmental and Efficiency Design (LEED®) in construction of Washington Hall

• Contracted through 2010 to purchase electricity that includes a portfolio of 40 percent renewable energies (such as wind, hydro, solar) at below-market rates compared to nonrenewable energies, saving about $1 million over an eight-year period

• Agreed with utility companies to have power turned off at DTS prior to hospitals and homes at the point of rolling blackouts

• Committed to using only low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) building materials

• Created a master plan built around maximum use of current facilities with planned renewal and reuse programs to postpone building new

• Provided bus stop on campus for free bus rides to and from the DART rail stations in the downtown Dallas and neighboring areas.  

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