Rockwell Hall Receives Class-g Certification

May 15, 2013
Rockwell Hall

Rockwell Hall, home of the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, received an environmental certification from Class-g, marking Duquesne as the only educational institution participating across 28 states, Canada and Mexico.

While LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) ratings remain the industry standard, the Class-g rating-co-developed in 2011 by Michael Embrescia, a graduate of Duquesne's first MBA Sustainability cohort-accounts for ongoing environmental actions inside the building as well as physical properties of the building itself.

Participants rate themselves and their buildings in a 100-point checklist including such points as powering down during unoccupied times, using mats and rugs to manage particulates, and sealing doors and windows. The checklist and Class-g website allows organizations to communicate their efforts to employees, clients and other stakeholders and to set sights on what they can improve.

More than 280 buildings-comprising approximately 45 million square feet of working space-including local organizations such as Bayer, Genco, Goodwill and Kenny Ross, are Class-g certified.