As we meet the University’s growth expectations in regards to the over-all campus and it’s open spaces, each new individual building, renovation, and landscape also features implemented and planned sustainable aspects. Rowan has developed high-efficiency Buildings & working landscapes that perform important ecological functions as well as offset our carbon footprint.


   New Buildings

Holly Pointe Commons
Designed with sustainability incorporated into every detail.
• Targeting LEED Silver certification.

The new Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering
• Features energy efficient LED lighting through out the building.
• Solar/wind powered site lighting fixtures.
• Green roof area.
• A white roof to maximize solar reflectance.
• The exterior of the building uses low “E” fritted glazing to minimize solar heat gain.
• Site allots areas for future solar panels.

The New Rohrer College of Business

High performance glazing
• High performance HVAC Systems with heat recovery
• Day lit classrooms
• Radiantly heated floors.

• Green roof space.
• High efficiency lighting

The Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBS).
• Green roof space
• Use of natural light for indoor spaces.
• Recycling of construction materials
• Use of sustainable materials & furniture in the building.
• Composts food waste.


All of the buildings on campus feature high-performance windows, fixtures, and lamps, and most use occupancy sensors throughout. When these areas are not being used, they do not continue to be heated, cooled, or lighted, saving energy. Rowan’s Building Management System connects every building on campus, and the University has replaced older HVAC units with more efficient units across campus. The Insulation of all buildings reduces the amount of heating and cooling needed, and the Cogeneration Plant can support 80% of the buildings on campus currently. The plant saves over 1 million dollars a year.


     Stormwater & Landscape Masterplan

The comprehensive plan provides a blueprint for the cohesive implementation of innovative methods to treat and manage stormwater runoff and enhance the ecological functions of the Chestnut Branch Stream. Th¬e Plan promotes the widespread integration of stormwater and landscape features throughout the campus and reflects the University’s potential regional leadership role in planning and implementation of holistic green infrastructure practices and sustainability.

The master plan also presents the water quality and quantity benefits of the various techniques and practices that will be applied to the campus, and contains plans for multifunctional landscapes that will renew Rowan’s sense of place. It is recognized by the Society for College and University Planning for its excellence in planning for an existing campus.


Open Spaces

Robinson Green

Based on principles of sustainability, the new crossroads uses recycled concrete, green storm water infrastructure and native plantings to create a microcosm of sustainability and ecology on campus. Pedestrian traffic in and around the green has been minimized to reduce the amount of vehicles in the area, and the reimagined landscape produces a habitat for local wildlife.

Linden & Memorial Landscape
In addition to storm water mitigation and enhancement, this landscape greatly reduces the amount of pesticides, fertilizer, and mowing used on south campus. With these projects, storm water velocity is reduced, erosion is reduced, and water is filtered before leaving campus


Waste management

The University has enhanced all of it’s waste and recycling dumpsters so that they are consistent with its single stream recycling operation. This has set the campus up for a major reclassification of campus discards, and shifted tons of discards from waste classification to recycling classification.



All of Rowan University’s facilities feature bike racks that allow for this energy-efficient form of travel, and have access to public transportation. Rowan University Facilities, Planning & Operations also uses electric vehicles to travel on campus through the Glassboro area. These vehicles are solely powered by electricity.