Sustainability at SIUE
Whether through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifiable construction projects in its buildings or the campus bike share and recycling programs initiated by the Sustainability Advisory Group, SIUE encourages environmental preservation and stewardship, while promoting scholarship.
On the heels of a more-than-$300-million construction and infrastructure improvement plan that began in fiscal year 2006, SIUE has a bright future to offer its faculty, staff and students. We have added to our state-of-the-art buildings and enhanced existing structures.
SIUE has begun the next phase of our Science Building Complex project — a $30 million renovation to the original structure, Science Lab Building East. This will involve the complete refurbishing of classrooms and office spaces, providing SIUE with the up-to-the-minute facilities it needs to captivate its students and meet their educational needs.
Our commitment to our facilities enables us to better prepare our students for the challenging marketplace of today and tomorrow. Additional room and rehabilitation work will reduce crowding in laboratories and growing pains experienced by the University in recent years.
Three departments — chemistry, biological sciences and environmental sciences — have moved into Science Lab Building West. The Departments of Physics, Mathematics and Statistics, and the SIUE Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research, Education and Outreach will move back into the renovated Science Lab Building East.
The University’s newest building includes Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) features such as:
Non-heat absorbing roofing materials
Low water use plumbing fixtures
High efficiency insulating materials
Solar panels on the roof
Collection and use of recyclable materials
Sun shades on the south and west facing windows
High efficiency window glazing
Lighting and air conditioning occupancy sensors
Active teaching displays showing building energy use
The University has invested in new construction and infrastructure improvements to ease the University’s growth in recent years; provide critical updates and upgrades to existing buildings; and bring the latest technological capabilities to its students, staff and faculty. These projects have spearheaded an economic development boon for the region.