Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Good in green

The Mars Center for Science and Technology has been designed to achieve a prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The sustainable design and construction features include:

  • A 1,300-square-foot “green” roof
  • Drought-tolerant plants to conserve water
  • Solar shading on glass and brim for energy efficiency year-round
  • Glass walls for natural light
  • Night sky–compliant lighting that shines downward to reduce light pollution
  • Motion-sensor lighting indoors for energy conservation
  • Use of replenishable wood throughout the building
  • Vinyl tile floors made of recycled material
  • Carbon dioxide sensors to monitor air quality
  • Energy recovery wheels in the air-handling units to reduce heating and cooling loads
  • Highly reflective and vegetated roof surfaces to minimize the cooling loads during the warm months
  • Bioretention basins to control quantity and quality of stormwater runoff
  • No new parking as part of the project; designation of some existing parking spots for carpoolers
  • Use of low volatile organic compound-containing materials, including adhesives, sealants, paints and carpets
  • Use of building materials with a high percentage of postconsumer and postindustrial recycled content
  • Use of sustainable cleaning products and methods in the maintenance of the building
  • A water faucet that keeps count of the plastic bottles avoided

Graphic by David Laferriere, photos by Nicki Pardo

About Sandy Coleman

Sandy Coleman is the editor of the Wheaton Quarterly and Senior Associate Director in the Communications Office.