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Sustainability

Rebekah Scott Hall and Sustainability 
Rebekah Scott Hall has been certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, and Platinum is the highest-level rating. Rebekah Scott Hall achieved this certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Rebekah Scott Hall also recently received recognition for second place in the Community Impact Award category in the 2018 Georgia Green Awards.

A geothermal HVAC system heats and cools Rebekah Scott Hall, providing the historic building with air conditioning for the first time. The system, comprising 42 wells 500 feet below the former parking lot, utilizes the consistent core temperature of the Earth to heat and cool the building in a continuous loop. Most of the previously-exposed pavement was removed from the parking lot, and space has been converted into a thriving garden. The geothermal system was funded through the college's Green Revolving Fund. Begun with donor gifts and foundation grants to implement energy and water-efficiency projects across campus, the fund now absorbs savings from said projects, which are then used to fund future efficiency projects. To date, Agnes Scott has revolved close to $2 million in energy and water-efficiency projects with a combined projected savings of approximately $250,000 per year. To learn more about the Green Revolving fund, click here.

Read more about the LEED Platinum certification here.

Learn more about sustainability efforts at Agnes Scott through the video series below, and explore Rebekah Scott Hall's renovation process and rededication celebration.