Imagine a place that blurs the line between indoors and out, where it’s never too hot or too cold, with plenty of fresh air and the light’s always perfect for reading. This is Deep Green, where garden plots are nearby, recycling is easy, student-produced artwork is on display, and native woods accent every room. And where residents can monitor their own energy and water usage, and stay in tune with the seasons while learning and living a more sustainable lifestyle.
The new residence hall serves as a model for sustainable design, construction and living. For Berea College, this building offers an unprecedented opportunity to teach and learn new ways of using our resources more wisely. To use that knowledge for ecological building renovations, creative energy solutions and local food production in transforming our campus – while sharing the lessons learned in our community and the region.
Collaboration with Berea students, staff and faculty helped to create these amazing spaces. Whether student rooms or lounges and other common areas – all reflect their ideas for light, sound, color, movement and more. Today, we’re discovering how to operate and optimize our new student housing as a learning/living laboratory for sustainability. In coming months, we’ll provide more details on how to take a tour or live in the residence hall.