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UWSP receives national award for sustainable dorm

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STEVENS POINT (AP) -

The UW-Stevens Point Suites@201 provide a home away from home just like any other college dorm.

"There's plenty of areas and opportunities to get involved and interact with everyone else who lives here," said Lyza Reichelt, resident at The Suites@201.

But this residence hall stands out for the way it was designed.

A national energy and environmental group is recognizing UW-Stevens Point leaders for their efforts to build an eco-friendly dorm.

"There are many different factors that have into the environmental certification of the building through the construction to how we operate and maintain the building itself. So, everything is really quite green," said UWSP Residential Living Facilities Designer, Cindy Von Gnechten.

The building features solar panels, recycled building materials and energy efficient lighting.

Planners say being green was a top priority.

"The students were asking for it very early on. Our students are very astute when it comes to environmental stewardship, and residential living as a whole, that is our mission, as well as campus. That was something we knew we wanted to incorporate into this building," said Von Gnechten.

And students are proud of the award.

"We're known as a green campus and a sustainability focused campus. So, It's a cool thing for us to be able to have, like, not just a title, but to have something to back that up," said Vince Hucek, a UWSP student.

Reichelt says that the award is something students are talking about.

"It's definitely going to a push to make sure every else is working towards that level," added Reichelt.

The award gives national recognition to a campus striving to be green.

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