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10 greenest dorms in the world

April 26, 2012, 3:46 p.m.
auditorium with piano

Photo: James Madison University

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James Madison University, Wayland Hall

While most of the buildings on this list were built from the ground up, this dorm on the campus of James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va., is a renovation of an old building, the first of its kind to earn LEED Platinum certification. The overhaul of the building is expected to reduce energy consumption by 39 percent and to save 1.3 million gallons of water annually by using a ground source heating pump and a 10,000-gallon rainwater collection tank, respectively. In addition to these technologies, the dorm was also fitted with sustainable materials, energy conservation systems, and native landscaping.