From the beginning, Rountree Commons was designed to be sustainable, yet be affordable for students attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, according to Bill Kloster, Director of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Real Estate Foundation.
Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) June 14, 2013
Capstone On-Campus Management is pleased to announce that Rountree Commons has been awarded the Platinum GreenStone Sustainability Award. GreenStone Awards are granted annually to Capstone On-Campus student housing communities in recognition of their high level of sustainability efforts, with platinum being the most distinguished level of recognition.
Capstone On-Campus communities compete annually in the “GreenStone Sustainability Program.” The program checklist includes thirty-seven different sustainability related projects that can typically be completed by a student housing community, as well as the option to add eight “innovation” projects of the site’s choosing. In addition, there are four “prerequisite” items, like offering recycling and setting sustainability goals, that all sites are expected to meet. Communities report their progress in November of each year. If the community achieves the minimum score, it’s assigned a rating of Certified, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
Rountree Commons opened in August 2012 to serve the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s need for quality on-campus student housing. The Real Estate Foundation placed great emphasis on creating a building that incorporates and reflects a strong focus on “green” initiatives. According to Bill Kloster, Director of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Real Estate Foundation, “from the beginning, Rountree Commons was designed to be sustainable, yet be affordable for students attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. We constantly worked to keep quality high and operational costs low, yet stay within that affordability range.” Rountree Commons exhibits superior sustainability practices throughout the 153,068 square foot facility housing 620 UW-Platteville students.
Rountree Commons earned credit for 87% of the GreenStone Program’s thirty-seven different sustainability related projects. A few of the noteworthy programs that are part of their focused efforts are: low impact exterior maintenance that require minimal or no watering; the use of green cleaning products in the facility; minimally invasive indoor pest management chemicals; and the use of EPEAT Gold certified computer systems products. Rountree Commons also scored highly in the “innovative project” area for the sustainable systems that are included throughout the building’s design.
Capstone On-Campus is committed to fostering sustainability initiatives at each of the 22 student housing developments managed across the country. ”We are pleased with the successful initiatives demonstrated by Rountree Commons and know that their efforts are making an impact in their local community and beyond," said David Braden, Regional Manager for Capstone On-Campus.
About Capstone On-Campus
Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Capstone On-Campus is a company of housing professionals focused on providing management and consulting services to non-profit owners: foundations, colleges, and universities. With a current portfolio of 22,718 beds at 22 campuses nationwide, Capstone On-Campus is the leading manager of student housing owned by non-profits.
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Alton C. Irwin, MAI / LEED® AP
Chief Marketing Officer
Capstone On-Campus Management
airwin(at)capstoneoncampus(dot)com / 205.414.6417