One of Doha’s most impressive features is Education City, a sprawling complex on the outskirts of town that houses several U.S., U.K. and of course Qatar University. During my visit in February, I was wowed by the stellar architecture, beautiful public spaces and  unbridled enthusiasm that drifted through the complex’s open spaces.

Now student living will become more sustainable due to a new student housing complex that will open next year. The Qatar Foundation (which is behind the programs at Education City) project will feature solar panels generating energy atop parking structures, solar generated light bulbs, wind turbines, water recycling and key cards students must insert once they enter their rooms in order to access electricity. Most building materials will come from a 500 mile radius, and many of the buildings’ structures will be prefabricated, reducing waste and energy needed for construction. Naturally the facilities will score LEED certification.

With the effervescent Chris Silva leading this green building program, students will learn more about sustainability by context. Screens will flash red, yellow or green depending how daily energy consumption compares to the previous day, and students living within various floors will compete to gauge who can be the most energy efficient. Considering Qatar’s per capital carbon footprint, this will be a great start. This student housing project is one more reason why Qatar is becoming a leading Middle East and global sustainability laboratory.

Via The Peninsula, Gulf Times

Images courtesy Leon Kaye & Burns & McDonnell

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Rendering of new student housing complex at Education City

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.