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Loyola leads the charge in sustainability initiatives

August 26, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans is not just a supporter of green energy initiatives, it is leading the pack as evidenced by its installation of two electric vehicle charging stations on campus. Loyola is one of only two universities in the state to offer free electric car charging on its campus, and the stations will be available to both the university and surrounding communities.

A dual-charging station, which allows two cars to be charged simultaneously, was installed in the horseshoe on the main campus and became operational in mid-June, while a single charging station was added to the Broadway Campus, located across the street from the College of Law in the Pine Street parking lot.

The charging stations complement Loyola’s commitment to sustainability initiatives, which include applying energy efficient and environmentally friendly design in new construction projects on campus and a car sharing program.

Upon completion, all new and upcoming construction will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which contains guidelines that monitor energy output, indoor environmental quality and water efficiency. Recent projects that will seek LEED certification include the newly-renovated Thomas Hall on main campus and the new law building on the Broadway campus, the former Dominican Conference Center. Additionally, the upcoming renovation and redesign of the Monroe Hall Science Building will also seek LEED designation.

“Father Wildes has made it clear that all new construction or total renovation efforts will be LEED certified,” said Charles Marshall, director of Loyola Facilities Systems. “That’s a big commitment, given the amount of future work that needs to be done on campus.”

Another green initiative includes the WeCar car sharing partnership with Tulane University which features the use of Toyota hybrids as a way to provide eco-friendly, cost-effective and convenient transportation solution to students, faculty and staff of both universities who enroll in the program.

To read more about the electric vehicle charging stations, visit the Construction Notes page on the homepage of Loyola’s website.

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