Chalk up another impressive accolade for Bastyr University's Student Village. The student housing complex will be honored with King County's Green Globe Award as a "Leader in Sustainable Building Program" at the King County Earth Day Expo on Friday, April 22, 2011.
The award, presented by the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, is the most prestigious environmental honor given by the county every two years and recognizes projects that excel in leadership and activities that foster stewardship by protecting the environment, managing natural resources and benefiting the community.
"It is a tremendous honor for our Student Village to be recognized with this award," said Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD. "To have our peers at King County notice and appreciate the long-term commitment to environmental stewardship we strived for with this and other University projects is deeply satisfying."
Nationally recognized as a model to which other student housing projects should aspire, Bastyr University's Student Village exhibits many “green” qualities such as high-efficiency water heaters and gas boilers, energy-efficient appliances and light fixtures, low-flow plumbing, natural ventilation, radiant-heat flooring made of finished concrete, sustainable landscaping and "butterfly" roofs to capture rainwater.
The Green Globe ceremony begins at 11 a.m. as part of the King County Earth Day Expo at Westlake Park on Friday, April 22, and will be attended by King County Executive Dow Constantine and emceed by former KIRO-TV anchor Penny LeGate.
The Student Village has received numerous awards and certifications since opening in 2010. Last September, it earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification, becoming the first student housing project on the West Coast to receive the highest green building classification. In November, the Student Village won the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Outstanding Multifamily Project in the 2010 LEED for Homes Awards, announced at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago. Most recently, it was a stop on the 2011 Northwest EcoBuilding Guild's Green Home Tour, showcasing the best green buildings in the Seattle area.
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Bastyr University, located near Seattle, Washington, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr offers more than 17 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture & Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition. Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California, opened in San Diego, California, in fall 2012, becoming the state’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.