The New College House: LEED Silver Residence Hall
Franklin & Marshall College's New College House has received one of the highest designations for sustainable building under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
Caroline Steinman Nunan Arboretum
Sustainability has been blended into every inch of F&M’s campus. The college lands have been formal recognized as the Caroline Steinman Nunan Arboretum. This holistic approach utilizes landscaping to reduce energy consumption and retention ponds for storm water management.
Integrated Pest Management
Franklin & Marshall employs integrated pest management throughout campus. This approach monitors the trees and plants for insects, diseases of foliage, and diseases of soil. This ensures the continued health of the campus Arboretum while protecting the environment.
Reducing Storm Water on Campus
To help capture run off from buildings and impervious areas the College utilizes catchment basins and rain gardens through out campus. The rain gardens around the New College House and in the Race Avenue Parking lot hold rainwater to be slowly released into the groundwater table.
Porous Paving Around Campus
Race Avenue Parking Lot
With its rain gardens, gabions and porous asphalt, the lot is the only parking area on campus that contains all rainwater on site, thereby eliminating runoff into the Chesapeake Bay watershed. It includes space for 212 vehicles, 76 more than the lot that previously existed on the same stretch of land behind Benjamin Franklin Dining Hall.
Admissions Parking Lot and the Wies Hall Pathway are also constructed with porous asphalt.