Sustainability at Reed

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Trillium Residence Hall
  • LEED Platinum
  • Solar panels on roof (106.4 kW array)
  • Passive heating/cooling
  • Stormwater capture

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The Grove Residence Halls
  • LEED certified
  • Bioswales
  • Low flow water fixtures

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Performing Arts Building
  • Earth Advantage certified
  • Eco-roof with 100% native Oregon plants
  • 100% on-site storm water management
  • Solar panels on roof (123 kW arrays)
  • Daylight sensor-controlled lighting

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Around campus
  • Reed participates in PGE's Energy Partner Program
  • Limits on building heating/cooling (78° in summer, 68° in winter)
  • 3% of our public purpose charge is invested in Clean Wind initiatives
  • All building mechanical systems linked through energy management system for optimum natural gas savings
  • Low-voltage lighting, time clocks, motion detectors, and light sensors minimize electrical use
  • Low-flow nozzles on sinks and showers and low-volume toilets in restrooms
Ameresco Measurement and Verification Project (2011)
  • Partnered with Ameresco for a comprehensive 3 year energy use audit
  • Committed $5.4 million to implement changes to minimize energy use by maximizing equipment life and altered building management
  • Changes resulted in verified savings of $283,000/year for electricity, water, and natural gas
  • Check out our utilities usage since 2011:

Campus projects

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Reed Canyon Restoration

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Recycling Center - located on the first floor of GCC by the mailroom

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Composting on campus

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Cleaning products

  • Building services staff utilize Buckeye Eco cleaning products which are safer for the user and the environment 

Food

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  • Bon Appetit sustainable practices
    • 20% of purchases from local sources (within 150 miles of kitchen)
    • Use of BPI-certified compostable, VerTerra’s Dinnerware From Fallen Leaves™
    • Reusable cup initiative promotes use of reusable coffee cups in Commons
  • Bon Appétit at Reed team won a Gold Sustainability Award through the city of Portland's Sustainability at Work program in 2014

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Contact Us 

Hayden Hendersen
Student Sustainability Coordinator
hayhender@reed.edu

Sadiemae Bell
Assistant Student Sustainability Coordinator
sadbell@reed.edu

We are located in the Sustainability Office (the Infoshoppe) in the GCC.