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Sustainable Design Features of the FGCU Campus and Buildings


Environmental Health and Safety

In EH&S, we recycle and reduce our footprint in many different ways.  We reduce by not using lights when it's sunny, we print on both sides of paper and print multiple pages per side, we scan instead of copy as much as possible, we turn the thermostat up during non-office hours and minimize supply purchases.  One of our employees bikes to work and another carpools. 


In 2001 the National Wildlife Federation identified FGCU as a national leading school in developing an environmentally sustainable campus. FGCU earned the honor in two different categories: Land and Ground Management, and Energy Efficiency and Conservation.

The University’s campus design and construction projects both include a site sediment and erosion control plan that conforms to best management practices. This plan prevents the loss of soil during construction by storm water runoff and/or wind erosion, prevents sedimentation of storm sewer or receiving streams and results in no net increase in the rate and quantity of storm water runoff from the campus from existing to developed conditions.

Surface water management on the campus detains/retains for pretreatment the first 1.5 inches of runoff from hard surfaces rather than the typically required 1.0 inch of runoff.

During construction, the extent of site disturbance including earthwork is limited to preserve existing vegetation. After the construction sites are restored to their natural setting to the extent possible.

Campus site elements and building facilities are developed in accordance with local, State and federal codes at the time, and in particular, the site and building facilities comply with the Americans with Disability Act requirements.

The campus site plan has accounted for the spatial organization of the buildings and a circulation that allows for perimeter vehicle drives and parking areas.




The architectural style of campus buildings reflect the sub-tropical climate of the region providing shade for occupants in or near buildings through covered walkways; broad roof overhangs; light colored exterior walls; tinted exterior building windows to reduce solar heat gain to the interior of buildings; and well-insulated hip roofs.

Campus buildings allow for natural air movement by utilizing exterior courtyards; ducted fresh-air ventilation; and mechanical air-conditioning with individual or suite control  to maximize user-managed energy efficiency.

Building construction reflects local construction traditions; utilized durable construction materials; and contemporary technology, which have lead to economy, efficiency, and favorable life-cycle cost analysis in the use of buildings.

The building designs incorporate standards for the buildings to withstand intensity of the sun, hurricane strength winds and excessive rainfall during some seasons.

Building design accommodates the collection, storage and disposal of recycled materials.

The campus buildings accommodate the use of central printers and copiers reducing the energy inefficiency of individual desktop printers on each employee desk.

Zero use of CFC-based refrigerants in educational building air-conditioning and fire suppression systems.

Construction debris removed from campus building sites is processed offsite for recycling.

There is zero exposure of building occupants to environmental tobacco smoke by prohibition of smoking in the buildings, and limited exposure outside of buildings due to restricted areas for smoking.

Most occupied building spaces have direct line of sight vision to a window (this does not include copy rooms, storage areas, mechanical, laundry, and other low occupancy support areas).