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Rick Kroon '64 is leadership donor for new F&ES building

New Home for F&ES Will be Yale's Greenest

From Yale Today, Summer, 2005

The School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) has confirmed plans to build a new home that will set a higher standard for sustainable design on campus. The 50,000-square-foot building, made possible by the generous support of leadership donor Richard E. Kroon ‘64, will meet the "platinum" standard in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.

"It will be Yale's most green building, a symbol of the School's ideals and values, and a powerful expression in beautiful form of our relationship to the environment," said Gus Speth ‘64, ‘69 LL.B., dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. The building will be climate neutral, producing as much energy as it consumes. It will minimize pollution, use waste as a resource, and incorporate natural lighting and ventilation. Building materials will be recycled and recyclable, sustainably harvested and manufactured, and nontoxic.

Currently F&ES occupies eight buildings along Prospect and Sachem streets. The new building will provide a central location on Science Hill located near Sage Hall, the School's administrative building. With completion scheduled for 2008, the $27 million facility will hold classrooms, a library, and faculty and administrative offices, as well as the Carl ‘51 and Emily Knobloch Environmental Center.