Celebrating Snowden

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:37:00 CDT  — by: Vincent Leray, C'13, Sustainability Post-Baccalaureate Fellow

Snowden_fossils"Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher." - William WordsworthThe idea of Nature taking on a professorial role is taken seriously in Snowden Hall.  Recently renovated and expanded, the home of the Forestry and Geology majors can boast exactly those things - wood and stone.  Locally sourced wood and sandstone are highlights in the building, as well as the inclusion of local leaf etchings and as-yet-unidentified local fossils.  Snowden hall makes a point to not only intellectually explore the Domain but also infuse it into the daily lives of its residents.

Stewardship is also prioritized at Snowden Hall.  As testament, energy-efficient windows, low flow utilities, and recycled materials were all utilized in Snowden's makeover.  Moreover, the bioswale next door is Sewanee's first attempt to manage and clean stormwater that eventually runs down the coves and into the broader watershed. 

Another first for Sewanee is Snowden's installed solar panels.  Totalling 162 panels for a possible power generation of 32.4 kW, the system collects an average of 44,000 kWh per year which is valued at $5,280 per year.
As all good things come in threes, Snowden Hall is also Sewanee's first verified LEED Gold building.  And so perhaps Wordsworth was right: with Nature as its guide, Snowden Hall accomplished what, so far, no other building on campus has. And to its great credit, it looks awfully good in the doing.



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