Over the past several years, VCU has been adding a new color to black and gold: green. Throughout campus there has been a push to increase environmental sustainability by recycling, reducing water waste and transportation. Cary Street Gym is one of many places on campus to see these initiatives in motion.
LEEDing the way: Leadership in Energy as Environmental Design (LEED), is one of the most well-known programs for promoting and standardizing green buildings worldwide. Through its construction, indoor air quality, water use and energy efficiency, Cary Street Gym is LEED certified! See VCU’s “Green Map” to view other LEED certified buildings around both campuses.
Recycling Materials: Cary Street Gym is constructed with 25 percent pre- and post-consumer recycled products. Pre-consumer products are materials the manufacturer sells ‘as is’ to a buyer so materials are not wasted. Post-consumer recycling is the most popular form of recycling, which takes household waste, such as paper or plastic, to be used to make something else. This is one of the many ways Cary Street Gym helps conserve resources in the area.
- Did you know? 90 percent of the waste generated when constructing Cary Street Gym was recycled instead of going to the landfill. That’s a ton of recycling… 4,500 tons to be exact.
Water Use: Cary Street Gym has water-efficient plumbing fixtures in all restrooms. These fixtures include the dual-flush toilets, which regulate the amount of water used when flushing the toilet. The fixtures are expected to reduce the water used in Cary Street Gym by 37 percent, more than 1.3 million gallons annually.
There are two 6,000 gallon rainwater collectors on the roof of Cary Street Gym. These tanks reuse rainwater for on-site irrigation of plants around the building. Using water recycling has reduced water usage by 60 percent!
All aboard: Think green when traveling to the gym. The VCU Campus Connector and Richmond’s GRTC bus stops are located within a quarter mile of Cary Street Gym. Also, plenty of bike racks are provided right outside of the gym to motivate members to participate in efficient transportation.
To find a out more about VCU’s initiatives to go green, visit the VCU Office of Sustainability’s website or visit Cary Street Gym to see it in action!