Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

Sustainable Building

Franklin & Marshall is committed to achieving goals for campus expansion while working to reduce energy consumption and environmental impacts. This includes creating more energy-efficient buildings and facilities and using renewable energy sources.

The plan sets immediate and long-term goals for sustainable building including the following:

  • Goal 1: Assess efficient space usage with the goal of controlling the need for additional space and new infrastructure.
    • Strategy 1: Assess how spaces are managed and scheduled to maximize the use of the space across the day and year. 
    • Strategy 2: Develop shared spaces which address needs across academic, student life, residence life and community needs vs. single use spaces. 
  • Goal 2: Maintain and maximize the use of existing physical infrastructure with the goal of controlling space and new infrastructure.
    • Strategy 1: Wherever possible, adopt policies that prioritize protection, conservation and maintenance of the historic building stock of the campus landscape. 
    • Strategy 2: Proactively manage preventive maintenance, deferred maintenance, and emergency maintenance as maintenance is critical to the efficient operation and longevity of the college’s assets.
    • Strategy 3: Regularly assess energy loss at key building points, prioritizing roofs, windows and doors. Address with increased efficiency insulation in roofs, regular repair and retrofits of existing windows (improved joints and seals; interior or exterior storm windows to increase thermal resistance).
  • Goal 3: Build all new buildings and renovations to the greatest efficiency and to the least environmental impact which is economically feasible.
    • Stategy 1: Evaluate adopting a campus standard that sets a target for all projects to be designed and built to or towards carbon neutrality, without or with minimal use of offsets.
    • Strategy 2: Assess the appropriateness of completing LEED certification versus other certification options. Consider developing F&M campus-specific guidelines. Consider applying the forgone cost of obtaining third-party certifications to sustainability budgets.
    • Strategy 3: Develop project and purchasing guidelines which support and augment minimum energy efficient standards across the campus. 
    • Strategy 4: Incorporate energy-efficiency and life-cycle costs into the capital project development process; create accurate models for evaluating life-cycle costs; monitor building systems performance; incorporate user- interface education to ensure building systems performance meets original design intent.
  • Goal 4: Minimize construction activity pollution for all campus projects.
    • Strategy 1: Reduce pollution form construction activities by controlling soil erosion, waterway sedimentation, and airborne dust generation. 

Existing Initiatives Cited in the Plan
The College adopted a green building policy in 2007, managed through Facilities and Operations, which requires that all new construction over 5,000 square feet, or renovations totaling 50 percent of the renovated square feet of the total building, must be built or renovated to the LEED Silver building standard. The College also follows LEED Silver standards and procedures for demolition waste.