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Penn State News is reporting that Brandywine's Orchard Hall has been awarded LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The 256-bed facility is the campus' first residence hall and was specifically recognized for its sustainable design and environmental performance.

The certification of Orchard Hall falls in line with Penn State's University-wide sustainability initiatives. According to reports, the baseline goal is to achieve LEED certification for any new buildings constructed. Going above that to earn LEED Silver — which has a green cleaning component to it — excited campus officials.

In addition to meeting the University initiative, LEED certification has resulted in a variety of benefits for residents on campus and the community at large. Orchard Hall has reduced the amount of trash coming out of the residence hall, created efficiencies for air and heating systems and improved lighting and plumbing systems. Overall, the sustainable building will cost less to maintain.

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