Green Kitchens & Design
As with other new construction on the Middlebury campus, both Atwater and Ross dining halls were built using wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as well as other sustainable practices including storage for food waste and recyclables, low flow faucets, and energy efficient lighting.
Atwater’s most notable feature is its green roof, which uses shrubs and grasses to cover the roof. This increases storm water retention, improves insulation, provides moderate replacement to lost habitat. Because native plants species are used, maintenance of this system is minimal. The green roof also protects the waterproofing on the roof from ultraviolet radiation, prolonging the lifespan of the waterproofing system.
In Ross variable speed fans over the stoves sense heat and smoke thereby increasing or decreasing the hood exhaust rate as needed to conserve electricity. Also, heat generated from the motors of the compressors for the walk-in coolers and freezers is used to heat the mechanical workroom. When air conditioning is required, sensors allow an automatic adjustment of the pump speed as the demand for cooling falls.
Vermont furniture manufacturers made chairs, tables and display units from locally harvested, certified wood for use in the Ross Commons dining hall and study lounges. An exhibit highlighting the use of local wood used including the harvesting, processing, and installation of the paneling, flooring and furniture is located in the dining hall.