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Awards / Honors

Institute for the Built Environment receives Catalyst Award

April 26, 2012

Green transformation

Campus Crest Communities, a publically traded developer of campus student housing, awarded the Institute for the Built Environment in the College of Applied Human Sciences at CSU with the Catalyst Award at its annual meeting. Campus Crest is based in Charlotte, N.C., and since 2007 has built more than 30 student communities at universities across the country.

In recognizing IBE, the CEOs of Campus Crest, Michael Hartnett and Ted Rollins, acknowledged the transformation that is taking place within the 500-employee company. Hartness and Rollins recounted how the transformation began – while they were in the planning process for their project near CSU's campus, a neighbor suggested that Fort Collins would be more accepting of their development if they would make it their first green community.

When asked to help them ‘green’ their Fort Collins project, Brian Dunbar, IBE executive director (pictured), and Josie Plaut, director of projects at IBE, required Campus Crest to agree to company-wide sustainability training, pursuit of LEED certification for their Fort Collins project, and a re-design of their prototype design to be applied at other upcoming developments. Campus Crest agreed to each condition and now plans to incorporate increasing levels of sustainable development, sustainable operations, corporate sustainability, and on-going sustainability training to their employees and the more than 18,000 student residents in their communities.

“It is heart-warming to see a large development company embrace sustainable design, construction, and operations. And, when Campus Crest asked us to create a sustainable living education program for all of their student residents across the country, we knew that a company was in the midst of a positive transformation,” Dunbar said.

In 2012, Campus Crest asked IBE to assist their sustainable development projects at their headquarters and near University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, and Oregon State University.

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