Briefs 2/23/12

Feb 222012

CSU Recreation Center honored for sustainability, design

Your university Recreation Center is more than a place to get your “swoll” on –– it’s an award-winning building.

CSU announced today that the Rec Center has been honored with the 2012 Outstanding Sports Facilities Award by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association.

The honor comes from the construction project’s correlation to the campus plan, the relationship between its design and staffing, its materials, sustainable features, technical benefits for members, staff or budget, a news release said.

“This award is a great honor for the recreation center and facilities staff who have worked hard to ensure this building is functional, and it’s a great tribute to our students who paid for it,” said Blanche Hughes, the vice president for Student Affairs, in a news release.

The building has also achieved LEED Gold Status, for its environmentally friendly features. Some of these features include carpet with a high content of recycled fibers, wood harvested under stringent and ecologically responsible guidelines and a green housekeeping program.

CSU professor to review the white land for the White House

Distinguished Professor Diana Wall will head to Antarctica this week to help evaluate the U.S. research presence in Earth’s southernmost continent.

She heads to Antarctica as part of a White House panel.

Wall is a CSU biology professor and a nationally well-known ecologist. Along with four other panel members, Wall will evaluate the efficiencies of the U.S. science program. This includes everything from planes that fly there to the ease of obtaining food and other materials.

“We’re going to make recommendations on a long-term strategy for an efficient U.S. research program for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean,” Wall said in a news release.

According to the news release, Wall has spent more than 21 seasons in Antarctica studying the effects of climate change on ecosystems.

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