College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
The EcoVillage is an effort to create a sustainable residential community, which will house 49 students and serve as a platform for teaching and research. Built in the 1940s, the residential lodges and the Daily Grind will be replaced with new buildings that combine current energy-efficiency techniques with the latest in green building and renewable energy technologies. LEED Platinum certification, ENERGY STAR, and Net-Zero Energy Use are corollary goals that were set early in the conceptual study phase. A solar plaza has been designed to be strategically located in a major pedestrian thoroughfare to allow maximum use for the campus community, and the solar array has been designed to harvest enough solar energy to offset 100 percent of the residential energy needs of the Eco-Village.