Chichester Science Center
- The laboratories have been built as self-contained units with leak proof flooring and maintain a negative pressure in relation to the outside. This ensures that, should there be a chemical accident, fumes would be contained to the area of origin.
- Non-laboratory space in the building maintains a positive air pressure to prevent heat and humidity from mixing with temperature controlled air, thus decreasing energy costs.
- The acid waste neutralizer system collects all acid waste from the laboratories in a 500 gallon acid dilution basin containing limestone. The limestone neutralizes the acid prior to its disposal in the sanitary sewer system.
Dorrill Dining Hall
- The grease from the fryers is recycled into chicken feed, dog food and biodiesel fuel.
- The water in both dishwashers is self-contained and re-circulated; they are filled only twice a day.
- Java City and the dining hall proudly serve Fair Trade and organic coffee.
- Napkin dispensers are placed on the tables, as opposed to the end of the serving line, reducing waste and saving money.
- In 2008, Longwood went trayless, reducing food waste by nearly two-thirds, and conserving water, chemicals and energy used to sanitize the trays. The trays were sold for donations, raising more than $1,000 for the local food pantry FACES.
- In 2009, a food waste pulper was installed in the dining hall. Food waste pulpers grind up food waste similar to a garbage disposal and then extract the moisture, producing a semi-dry organic pulp ideal for composting. The organic pulp is composted with landscaping debris and wood ash, and the finished compost is used on campus grounds.
In 2011, two outdoor classrooms were constructed in front of the Health and Fitness Center. One classroom is adjacent to Frazer Residence Hall and the other is next to Hull Education Center. The outdoor classrooms offer a refreshing alternative to hosting class or meetings indoors. No reservations required; the outdoor classrooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Health & Fitness Center
- The Health and Fitness Center is Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. LEED is a building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council that provides standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Design features incorporated into the center include:
- Waterless and water efficient technologies to reduce consumption by 40 percent
- Construction waste management, resulting in the diversion of more than 98 percent of waste from landfills
- Regionally-manufactured and recycled content materials
- Adhesives, sealants, paints, carpet and composite wood products with low or no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
- Forest Stewardship Council-certified athletic wood floors
- The Virginia Sustainable Building Network (VSBN) awarded the Health and Fitness Center the 2008 Green Innovation Award for Best Institutional Project.
- The heating plant's main fuel source is sawdust purchased from several local sawmills
- Sawdust, a type of biomass, is considered a renewable energy source; unlike coal or oil which are considered non-renewable energy sources
- The new heating plant contains two sawdust-fired boilers (one new boiler and one relocated boiler from the old heating plant), a sawdust storage facility, sawdust handling system, pollution control devices, auxiliary equipment, administrative office space and space for a third boiler
- The sawdust storage facility consists of two silos with approximately eight days worth of sawdust
- The new heating plant provides 85% of the campus' annual steam and hot water needs and will be able to accommodate future campus growth