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Building Renovations

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SAGE Hall, which stands for Students for Academic and Green Engagement, received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification, making it the seventh major gold certified building in Vermont and the first in Rutland County. Students moved in for the start of the 2009-10 academic year. Upgrades included:

  • Energy star windows
  • High efficiency lighting fixtures
  • Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood products
  • Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) flooring and furniture
  • Local materials-like the slate flooring in the back sun room-were used whenever possible

While renovations were significant, 95% of existing interior and exterior walls were retained, reducing the environmental impact from new construction.

The building was originally constructed in 1960 and named Bozen Hall after Francis Bozen, former teacher and dean of students at the College. SAGE is now Green Mountain College's newest residence hall, with space for 26 students who display a passion for learning and academic achievement as well as exemplary service to the campus community.

New GMC president Paul Fonteyn identified SAGE one of his chief priorities in a campus community address on October 22, 2008. He noted that renovating an existing building to accommodate the growing student population was a more environmentally sound practice than building a new residence hall. "We took seriously the point of view that a College which takes environmental leadership as a central tenet of its mission should explore other options before engaging in new construction," said Fonteyn. "In the spirit of regeneration, the College has done an intensive study aimed at converting existing space to accommodate our growing student body."

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