Lombardo Welcome Center

The Lombardo Welcome Center at Millersville University is a net zero energy building, meaning it produces as much energy as it consumes. 

Millersville University was one of 10 institutions nationwide, and the lone Pennsylvania college, recognized this month for its environmental sustainability efforts during the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit in Tempe, Arizona.

Millersville received the Cross-Sector Collaboration award during the event's Climate Leadership Awards ceremony.

Hosted by the Massachusetts-based nonprofit Second Nature, the annual summit brings together hundreds of higher education leaders devoted to mitigating the effects of climate change.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by Second Nature for our climate change work,” Chris Steuer, Millersville’s sustainability director, said in a statement. “This award speaks to a growing collaborative effort among our faculty, staff and students, and with the surrounding community, to respond to the challenge of climate change.”

Highlighting Millersville’s recent sustainability efforts is the construction of the Lombardo Welcome Center, located at 88 James Street.

At nearly 15,000 square feet, the building produces as much energy as it consumes. It does so thanks to 548 solar panels installed atop or near the building, geothermal heat pumps, LED lighting, triple-pane windows and other environmentally friendly features.

The project is part of a campus pledge, signed in 2015 by then-President John Anderson, to become carbon-neutral by 2040.