Energy Conservation

Marymount invests in renewable energy certificates (RECs) as a way to support the expansion of the wind generation industry. The University offsets the majority of its electric energy use with the purchase of RECs.

Marymount’s newest buildings, Rose Benté Lee Ostapenko Hall and Caruthers Hall, are LEED-Silver Certified and the new educational, residential and office complex Ballston Center, opening in Fall, 2017 , is LEED-Gold Certified.

Green features

  • Energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems use approximately 50% less energy to heat and cool the buildings, compared with other similar facilities. Annual energy savings are estimated at $117,500. In addition, the HVAC systems do not use CFC-based refrigerants that contribute to ozone depletion.
  • The building’s innovative plumbing fixtures result in 21% less water consumption (compared with standard fixtures).
  • High-efficiency lighting also saves energy and reduce costs.
  • Wherever possible, recycled and/or regionally manufactured building materials were used.
  • Low-emitting materials (e.g. low VOC paints) were used to reduce pollution and enhance indoor environmental quality.
  • The buildings provide collection and storage areas for recyclable materials to facilitate the reduction of waste.
  • In keeping with Arlington’s vision of a more bicycle-friendly and green transit community, bicycle racks, preferred parking spaces for carpools, and a University-leased SmartWay Elite vehicle are given priority placement on the site.