Building, maintaining, and operating campus buildings accounts for a majority of Wesleyan's carbon emissions, mostly through energy consumption.  To reduce this carbon footprint, Wesleyan has committed to meet or exceed the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Gold standard or equivalent for new construction and major renovations and released the Building Sustainability Policy in 2017, which outlines requirements and ideas for integrating sustainability into building projects.  Wesleyan strives to maintain its existing buildings through the Major Maintenance program and annual Comprehensive Energy program.  

What We've Done

  • Construction and Renovation
    1. In 2017, Wesleyan completed a Building Sustainability Policy, which outlines requirements and ideas for integrating sustainability into building projects.  A focus of this plan is addressing Wesleyan's carbon footprint.
    2. In 2019, Wesleyan committed to building all new construction and major renovations over $2 million to LEED Gold standard .  
      • Bennet Hall and Fauver Apartments are LEED Silver certified (2005)
      • Usdan University Center is built to LEED Silver standards (2007)
      • Allbritton Center is LEED Gold certified (2009)
      • Boger Hall is LEED Platinum certified (2013)
      • The Center for Film Studies Phase 3 is projected to be LEED Gold certified (2020)
    3. In 2005, Wesleyan began to replace student woodframe houses with energy-efficient prototypes.  All of the prototype houses can house more students than the typical woodframe house to maximize efficiency.
      • 25 Fountain Avenue and 14 Warren Avenue share a geothermal well system for heating and cooling. 
      • 19 Fountain Avenue is Energy Star rated and has rooftop solar PV panels for electricity.
      • 231 Pine Street is Energy Star rated.
      • 20 Fountain Avenue is built to have a tight envelope and be extremely energy efficient.
    4. Many flat roofs on campus have been replaced with white roofing materials.  Light-colored asphalt roofing materials have been installed during all woodframe roof replacements.
    5. Boger Hall and Center for Film Studies house green roofs.
  • Infrastructure Improvements
    1. The Major Maintenance program upgrades and maintains buildings, including building envelope and energy conservation projects, window replacements and restorations, weather-stripping, and installation of programmable thermostats.  
    2. All construction and demolition (C&D) debris is required to be separated for reuse or recycling.  83% of C&D waste was reused or recycled in FY 2019, up from 68% in FY 2012.
    3. All buildings constructed since 2005 have indoor air quality systems, and building air flow and air quality are monitored constantly.  
    4. In buildings, mechanical equipment is 95% efficient.  Only Energy Star appliances are purchased.
    5. Wesleyan has sold over 58 former student and employee woodframe houses to reduce its footprint.

Buildings Contact

Roseann Sillasen, Project Manager, Facilities
(860) 685-3476