Nelson Fitness Center is now LEED® Gold Certified


Feb. 10, 2014:

Brown University’s Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center and Nelson Fitness Center has achieved LEED® Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Included among many sustainable building features is an array of solar panels that supplies power and heats the aquatic center’s million-gallon pool. It’s the first combined solar-powered electrical and heating system in Rhode Island and the largest installation of its kind in the United States.

"In the past six years, Brown has reduced its energy-related carbon footprint by 30.6 percent below 2007 levels as part of an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction plan," said Christopher Powell, Brown's director of sustainable energy & environmental Initiatives. "Innovative design approaches like those that went into the aquatics center and the fitness center, including the solar thermal/photovoltaic hybrid system, are key to continuing to reduce our carbon footprint."

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