Catholic U Continues Its Eco-Friendly Ways With Solar Panels, Green Roofs

by Shani on November 15, 2012

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The green roof on Aquinas Hall. Photo courtesy of the Catholic University of America.

Did you know that our neighbor Catholic University is one of the most eco-friendly universities in the country?  Earlier this year CUA was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for using more green power than any other University in the Landmark Conference for 2011-2012. In September, the school dedicated the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) panel system in DC. In addition to solar power, CUA purchases green power through renewable energy credits (RECs). Combined, these electricity saving measures offset carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at a rate equivalent to almost 4,000 average American homes every year. Recently, the school also installed its third green roof on the roof of Aquinas Hall;  the other two are on the roofs of Father O’Connell Hall and the Columbus School of Law parking garage. The benefits of the green roofs are several – they extend the life of the roof by two to three times, and the plants absorb storm water which cuts down on runoff, which in turn helps keep the Anacostia and Potomac rivers cleaner. Additional green roofs are planned for the campus in the upcoming years. Way to go Catholic U!

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Solar panels being installed on Flather Hall. Photo courtesy of the Catholic University of America.

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