East Village is one of Oxford's two new residence halls that implement Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
Oxford's proposed Science and Mathematics Building will offer many learning opportunities, inside and out. Beyond energy savings and improved air quality, a "green roof" will be the building's most dynamic feature. Serving as an outdoor classroom, the roof will house a garden and greenhouse. Green roofs conserve water, reduce heat load and noise pollution, and increase roof life by shielding UV rays. Closer to earth, a constructed wetland will conceal an underground blackwater treatment system while teaching students about the environmental benefits of wetlands. It's all part of what will be a living example of sustainability.