The Student Center site has been designed and developed with several key sustainable features.
Selected Green Features
A. High albedo roofing to reduce heat island effect
B. Bicycle storage racks
C. Rainwater collection for reuse in landscaping irrigation
D. Adapted vegetation to minimize water usage
The Student Center meets the LEED criteria for site selection and development. Site selection and development are important components of a building’s sustainability. The Sustainable Sites category of LEED certification promotes sustainability in several ways:
- It discourages development on previously undeveloped land.
- It seeks to minimize a building's impact on ecosystems and waterways.
- It encourages regionally appropriate landscaping.
- It rewards smart transportation choices; It controls stormwater runoff.
- It promotes reduction of erosion, light pollution, heat island effect and construction-related pollution.
Native and Adaptive Vegetation
Native and adaptive vegetation requires less water, chemical pesticides, fertilizers and maintenance. By evaluating the regional and microclimatic conditions of campus, GGC has arranged over 40 plants and grasses that will thrive in the existing environment. Several of the native plants and trees that aid in reducing water usage around the Student Center may be found in the table below.
The landscaping around the Student Center is irrigated with rainwater diverted from the roof of the building to a retention pond. Rainwater irrigation not only conserves the use of potable water, but also helps prevent erosion from stormwater runoff.
Native and Adaptive Vegetation at the Student Center
Acer rubrum 'October Glory', Red Maple
Ilex vomitoria 'Schillings Dwarf,' Yaupon Holly
Acer saccharum 'Legacy', Sugar Maple
Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens,' Holly
Azalea indica 'Formosa,' Azalea
Illicium anisatum, Anise
Azalea hybrida 'Conlep,' Autumn Twist Azalea
Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet,' Sweetspire
Berberis thunbergii 'Crimson Pygmy,' Barberry
Juniperus chinesis sargentii 'Viridis,' Green Sargents Juniper
Betula nigra 'Dura Heat', River Birch (Multi)
Lagerstroemia x faurei 'Tuskegee,' Crape Myrtle
Calamagrostis x acentiflora 'Karl Foster,' Feather Reed Grass
Liriope muscarii 'Big Blue,' Big Blue Liriope
Cedrus deodora, Cedar
Loropetalum chinensis 'Purple Pixie,' Lorpetalum
Cephalotaxus haringtonia 'Prostrata,' Japanese Plum Yew
Loropetalum chinensis 'Ruby,' Fringe Flower
Cercis canadensis, Eastern Redbud
Magnolia gradiflora 'Claudia Wannamaker,' Magnolia
Chrysanthemum x 'Becky,' Shasta Daisy
Magnolia gradflora 'Brackens Brown Beauty,' Beauty Magnolia
Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam,' Coreopsis
Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues,' Switchgrass
Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana,' Mouse-Eared Coreopsis
Parthenocissus tricuspidata, Boston Ivy
Corunus florida 'Cherokee Princess,' Dogwood
Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue,' Phlox
Cryptomeria japonica 'Radicans,' Cryptomeria
Quercus nutallii, Nutall Oak
Cynodon dactylon 'Sahara,' Sahara Bermuda Grass Seed
Raphiolepis inica 'Alba,' White Raphiolepis
Cynodon dactylon 'Sahara,' Sahara Bermuda Grass Sod
Rosa x 'Radrazz,' Knock Out Rose
Echinacea purpurea, Purple Cone Flower
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm,' Black-Eyed Susan
Hosta lancifolia 'Albo-Marginata,' Variegated Hosta
Taxodium distichum, Bald Cypress
Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii Nana,' Dwarf Burford Holly
Trachelospermum asiaticum, Asiatic Jasmine
Ilex opaca 'Greenleaf,' Holly
Ulumus americana 'Princeton,' American Elm