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A New York first

Historic and environmental stewardship combined to earn Hamilton's Skenandoa House LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The residence hall becomes the oldest structure in New York State to achieve the honor.

The former Psi Upsilon chapter house, originally constructed in 1922, is the 11th building in the state to earn the distinction; nine are new construction and another is classified as an existing structure.

"Not only does Skenandoa House consume significantly less energy per square foot than our other relatively new residence halls, but our cost for renewable electrical energy, on a square-foot basis, is less than other residence halls using non-renewable fossil fuels," said Steve Bellona, associate vice president for facilities and planning. "This is an experiment for us, but so far we are pleased with the payback."

The building reopened in fall 2004 after extensive renovations, including installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system.

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