Buildings and Grounds
Demonstrating Sarah Lawrence College's commitment to campus sustainability, the Monika A. and Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Visual Arts Center, one of the first environmentally responsible visual arts buildings in the country, opened in the fall of 2004. Heimbold earned the distinction of being the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified college or university visual arts building.
In 2008, residence hall Warren Green (formerly Warren House) opened its doors after an "extreme makeover" with new insulation, the highest energy-efficient kitchen appliances, a 500-gallon rain catchment tank, solar panels for heating hot water and a garden for growing vegetables. Chosen by application and interviews, 13 students signed off to live by rules that include shopping and cooking together, unplugging electrical devices, hanging out clothes to dry whenever possible and most important, inviting the campus community to learn from their experience.
Funded by the Student Senate, a student driven initiative has provided the College with its second green roof; this one composed of succulent plants gracing the roof of one of the residence halls. (The first green roof is on the section of the Heimbold Visual Arts Center that covers the subterranean portion of the building.)