New Morgan Hall: A Green Champion
The Morgan Hall renovation team held their project to the highest standards of sustainable building practices, and they were rewarded with one of the highest honors currently available in that field: LEED Gold. CNR’s top-level certification was a first for the Berkeley campus—already a green leader.
But the project team went further, and was rewarded for its efforts. At the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference in June 2010, the project was also recognized for educating students about green building practices and working with them to develop an educational program for the building occupants—completely integrating the build into Berkeley’s mission of teaching and public service.
LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is an internationally recognized green building certification system.
“This lab renovation demonstrates to the campus community that green laboratory design is achievable without sacrifice to scope, timeline, or budget,” said Dean J. Keith Gilless. “The added accolades for student involvement remind us that every campus initiative is a teaching opportunity,” Gilless said.
Critical private support for the project was led by Li-Chiang Chu, a graduate of the College (MA, Nutrition, 1967) in honor of her graduate mentor, Professor Emerita Mary Ann Williams, in recognition of Williams’ passion for teaching, mentoring, and research.