Redesigning Our Future - Facilities

Barger-Zartman Hall
Photo by Tracy Ratcliff

Redesigning Our Future will take place on the campus of Catawba College in historic, Salisbury, NC. The campus is comprised of 30 buildings on 276 acres.  It boasts LEED certified dorms, over 189 acres of natural preserves and the Center for the Environment which is housed in one of the first "green" buildings.  Catawba College has signed the American College and Universities Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), agreeing to take action to reduce its carbon footprint. The University has already taken several steps towards achieving this goal.


Abernathy Village Interior
Photo by John McKeith

Summit participants will stay in dorms in Abernethy Village, a cluster of dorms constructed in 2008 to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, (LEED) standards.  All dorms are air-conditioned.  Energy efficient lighting has been installed in each hall, as well as Energy Star appliances (washers and refrigerators).  Dual-flush toilets and low-flow, energy efficient shower heads and faucets are also used.  These residence halls are heated and cooled using geothermal technology and incorporate high efficiency windows.  The halls include CO2 monitors in each living space (to help eliminate sick building syndrome by supplying fresh outside air to the enclosed living environment).  Landscaping around these facilities incorporates native plantings to reduce water consumption and mowing.

Abernathy Village by Tracy Ratcliff
Photo by Tracy Ratcliff

There is complete wireless coverage in each residence hall, in addition to the wired network connection provided for each participant in the rooms.  Two of the halls (Goodman East and Goodman West) feature suite-style living spaces which share common study areas on the second and third floors and two kitchens per building which are shared by residents on all three floors.  Three of the halls (Fuller, Graham and Purcell) feature apartment-style living spaces with a kitchen per apartment.  All halls will have unique keycard access for residents of that specific hall only with individual keys to participant rooms.

Read more about the Center for the Environment facility.

Read more about Catawba College's energy management pilot program made possible by digital, smart grid technology.