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Fall 2009 application deadline

Second Village residence hall achieves LEED Gold certification

William Schlesinger to speak on climate change

Heads up: e-newsletter survey coming in February

Share your 2009 Inauguration story

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Second Village residence hall achieves LEED Gold certification

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Warren Wilson, the first college or university in North Carolina with a LEED Gold Certified Building, now has a third Gold building on campus.

The Village North residence hall, part of a two-building, 80-bed community that opened in August 2006, joins Village South in achieving LEED Gold certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council that sets standards for the “design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.”

Designed and built with extensive input from students, the Village features apartment-style dorms and an arts-and-crafts, environmentally responsible design. The LEED Gold rating certifies that Village North and South meet several green building criteria, including benchmarks for energy and water conservation; reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and waste sent to landfills; and indoor environmental quality.

The Village residence halls follow in the green footsteps of the Doug and Darcy Orr Cottage, which houses the Warren Wilson College admission and advancement offices. In 2006, Orr Cottage became the second building of any type in North Carolina to achieve LEED Gold certification.

William Schlesinger to speak on climate change

William H. Schlesinger, Ph.D., a biogeochemist who has been investigating the link between environmental chemistry and global climate change for more than 30 years, will give a free public lecture on campus Feb. 13. His talk, “Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and Solutions,” begins at 4 p.m. in the College Chapel.

Schlesinger, whose recent work has focused on the influence of trees and soil on atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, will discuss the potential for humans to achieve sustainability amid population growth and increased resource use. Schlesinger was dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University for six years before becoming president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., in 2007. He is now the university’s James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Biogeochemistry.

Schlesinger’s presentation is a prologue of sorts to the first Headwaters Gathering March 27-29 on the Warren Wilson campus. Jointly hosted by Warren Wilson, Orion Magazine and The Wilderness Society, the gathering focuses on climate-change issues and has a theme of “Southern Appalachia at the Crossroads: A Call to Action.”

Register for the Headwaters Gathering

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Gideon Burdick '10

Gideon Burdick ‘10 selected as Campus Ecology Fellow

Gideon Burdick, a junior from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, has been named a 2008 National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellow. The award includes a $2,000 grant to support Burdick’s efforts on campus to slow global warming.

Burdick was selected for his proposal to establish a real-time energy monitoring system for the College’s 20 residence halls. He is working initially with John Moon, a professor from Canada’s Cambrian College now on sabbatical at Warren Wilson, to create the system. The monitoring system is intended to provide the campus community, including facilities maintenance, with real-time feedback on student energy consumption. By making information available online, the project seeks to educate the Warren Wilson community about the impacts of energy use.

“The NWF Campus Ecology Fellowship Program is an excellent step in the process of making real-time energy monitoring a reality at Warren Wilson,” Burdick said. “Before the end of the semester we will begin providing students with a tool that allows them to see how their efforts really do make a difference in reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The project is designed to include as many students as possible, so we’re always looking for passionate individuals to get involved.”

Fall 2009 application deadline

Just a friendly reminder to prospective students that the application deadline to be considered for Fall 2009 admission is Feb. 28. There is no fee to apply. For more details visit us on the web or call 800.934.3536.

Heads up: e-newsletter survey coming in February

February 2009 marks the one-year anniversary of the WWC e-newsletter. To mark the occasion we’ll be sending you a brief survey so you can weigh-in and help us improve the monthly collection of news, stories and events from the College.

Share your 2009 Inauguration story

Whether watching from the National Mall or on your computer, the inauguration of President Barack Obama was a historic event. Many in the campus community came together in Canon Lounge and Kittredge Theatre to watch the inauguration of the country’s first African American president. How did you celebrate this historic event? Send us your story and pictures. We’ll compile the responses and share them in the February e-newsletter.

In the Media

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