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About Us

Green Buildings

All new construction and renovations on campus are carried out with the environment in mind. From water bottle refilling stations to energy efficient lighting, every building on campus has at least a few green features.

Buchanan Hall

Currently housing the Education, Religion, and Theater departments, as well as Career Services, the Counseling Center, and the Health Center, LEED Certified Buchanan Hall provides a variety of student-centered services.

Perhaps the most student-friendly characteristic of the 2007 major renovation of this building is that Buchanan Hall became the College’s first green building. Lake Forest College is pleased to announce that Buchanan Hall is currently a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified building.

Buchanan Hall features such eco-friendly aspects as preferred parking for low-emissions and fuel-efficient vehicles, water-efficient landscaping, low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints and coatings, Green Label Plus™-Certified carpet, and urea-formaldehyde-free composite wood products. In addition, Buchanan Hall also has dual-flush toilets and doors made from sustainably-harvested trees (certified by the Forest Stewardship Council), among other environmentally-friendly elements. 

Lillard Science Center

The newest completed construction/renovation project on campus, this state-of-the-art teaching and research facility houses the Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Physics, and Psychology departments. 

Completed in 2018, the Lillard Science Center features a 1,700 square-foot greenhouse, a rooftop garden with native plant species, and an outdoor wetland teaching lab. Exterior lighting is completely solar powered. In one year, more than 62,000 kWh of electricity will be drawn from the sun. In addition to other environmentally-friendly elements, the building also has dual-flush toilets and water bottle refilling stations.