Green Apple Day of Service inspires LEED tour

DENTON (UNT), Texas — Recently, UNT participated in the Green Apple Day of Service, an educational initiative sponsored by the Center for Green schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This event is designed to promote the development of sustainable environments for students and educators. To participate in the Day of Service, UNT’s Office of Sustainability offered its sustainability tour – providing attendees the opportunity to tour green facilities on campus, including LEED buildings and a Zero-Net Energy Lab.

“We believe our partnership with the USGBC is quite impactful,” said Nicole Cocco, Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. “In fact, given the mission of the Center for Green Schools, it was determined that integrating the tour was a perfect addition.”

The sustainability tour consists of a walking-tour of UNT’s LEED Certified buildings - the Life Science Complex, the Business Leadership Building, and Apogee Stadium. The tour also includes a stop at the Zero Net Energy Lab – a state-of-the art research facility utilized to test the sustainability of materials and mechanical systems used in the built environment.

“We strongly believe that these tours inform people of UNT’s overall sustainability efforts, to include educational and research initiatives,” Cocco said. “As well, UNT is a shining example in sustainable operations and LEED construction. UNT’s LEED Platinum Apogee Stadium and our Business Leadership Building have both received recognition from around the nation and world! These facilities aren’t just green, they’re innovative in their design, providing a great opportunity for education and research, as well as an amazing experience.”

The Office of Sustainability offers the UNT Sustainability Tour throughout the year. The tours are great for those who want to learn more about UNT’s sustainability efforts. For more information on the tour, visit http://sustainable.unt.edu/sustainability-campus-tours or contact Nicole Cocco via email at Nicole.Cocco@unt.edu.

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