Sustainability czars at the University of Colorado estimate that a free water bottle filling station in the green-themed Williams Village North tower has saved 24,000 plastic bottles from being used this semester.
The tower in the Williams Village dorm complex gets 12.5 percent of its energy from its own solar panels. And soon, students who live in the dorm will be competing to see who can save the most energy in their rooms.
Williams Village North is the new kid on the block of dorms at CU, and it's also just been designated as the university's greenest building. The $46.5 million dorm received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, which is the highest possible designation for green building.
About 1.5 percent of Williams Village North project costs were related to sustainability features that make the building LEED platinum rated, and campus officials say the design will translate to utility savings over time.