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8 greenest dorms in the world

By: chief on April 26, 2012, 3:46 p.m.
exterior of Bastyr Student Village

Photo: Lara Swimmer Photography, for Bastyr University

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Bastyr University, Student Village

Bastyr University’s Student Village in Kenmore, Wash., is among only a handful of dorms in the U.S. to win LEED Platinum certification. Helping it earn that distinction are high-efficiency water heaters and gas boilers, energy-efficient appliances and light fixtures, low-flow plumbing, natural ventilation systems, radiant-heat flooring, sustainable landscaping and rainwater-capturing roofs. The unique dorms have also won a host of other green awards, including U.S. Green Building Council’s Outstanding Multifamily Project award and King County’s Green Globe Award.