U Northern British Columbia Building Receives Top CaGBC Honor

(Canada): Canada's Green Building Council Awards recently presented the university with the honor for its Bioenergy Plant, which is LEED Platinum and employs biomass gasification technology.

Coe College to Perform Energy Retrofit Project

(U.S.): The new project aims to reduce the environmental impact of the 20-building campus through implementation of a number of HVAC improvements, high-efficiency lighting and occupancy sensors, weatherization improvements to reduce the loss of conditioned air, and new plumbing fixtures to cut water waste.

Instituto Superior Técnico Wins International Award

(Portugal): Instituto Superior Téchnico recently received the 2014 International Energy Project Award of the Year from the Association of Energy Engineers. The project Sustainable Campus at Técnico was developed under the school's Energy Initiative and aims to exchange ideas, information and good practices to ensure the sustainability on the university campus.

U Buffalo Building Earns LEED Gold

The newly completed building houses the university's Educational Opportunity Center, which provides a range of tuition-free remedial, vocational and academic programs that help prepare students for college and careers.

U Colorado Boulder Buildings Achieve LEED Gold

The two buildings feature low-flow plumbing, efficient lighting, efficient heating and cooling systems, energy efficient windows, and power outlets in the student rooms that cut off electricity when rooms are unoccupied. Approximately 80 percent of all of the construction waste from the buildings was diverted from landfills.

Southern Oregon U Gains LEED Gold Building

The new residential and dining complex features solar water heating and photovoltaic electricity generation, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, lighting sensors, reduced on-site parking and non-potable water for landscaping.

U Maryland Building Attains LEED Silver

The science and research building features daylighting, energy-efficient lighting and fixtures, materials including rapidly-renewing sources or recycled content, reduced water use, a green roof, and bioremediation of water runoff.

Colorado State U Celebrates Energy Research Building Opening

(U.S.): The recently completed 100,000 square-foot Powerhouse Energy Campus, associated with 13 research centers across campus, features a greenhouse for biofuel feedstock development and an algae photobioreactor, rooftop solar arrays generating 20 kilowatts of electricity, a passive air conditioning system, energy efficient windows and LED lights.

HKUST Buildings Receive BEAM Gold Award

(Hong Kong): Two residential buildings of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, awarded the Building Environmental Assessment Method Eco Building honor, feature energy efficient elevators, occupancy sensors, water-saving devices, green rooftops, solar panels, and recycled glass paving blocks.

U Maryland Uses Moss to Clean Pool

In an effort to reduce the amount of chemicals used to clean the university's pool, sphagnum moss aids in the cleaning process by stabilizing the pH, which makes the chlorine more effective.

Penn State Transitions to Soy-Based Elevator Fluid

In order to lessen the environmental damage and costs associated with leaks, the university has installed the new hydraulic fluid in all campus hydraulic elevators.

Arizona State U Building Receives LEED Gold

The university's fitness complex features a solar pool heater and solar panels, and achieved a high number of points toward energy efficiency from design including a breezeway that was designed to funnel air to remove heat and provide shade.

U Dayton Building Receives LEED Gold

The building features recycled and low volatile organic compound materials, over 90 percent landfill waste diversion, and water-efficient landscaping.

Boston U Residential Building Receives LEED Gold

The new building features bus and bike options, indoor and outdoor bike storage, a green roof, low-flow water faucets, day-lighting and recycling options.

UC Riverside Renovation Receives LEED Silver

Meeting the new University of California policy that all new construction or major renovations earn a LEED Silver certification or higher, the building features light-colored roof to reflect heat, low-wattage fluorescent lighting, drought-resistant landscaping, low volatile organic compounds in paints, adhesives and cleaning supplies, and during construction, a waste diversion rate of 95 percent.

U Maryland Distributes Indoor Plants for Air Quality

(United States): Representatives from the university's Green Office program recently received plants grown by students in the Institute of Applied Agriculture for their offices to help create a healthier workplace.

Arizona State U Building Achieves LEED Platinum

The university's Health Services Building renovation features solar electric panels, recycled materials and sustainable design and construction in both interior spaces and exterior landscaping.

U North Carolina Charlotte Receives BBI Green Globes

The university's Belk Hall recently achieved the two-globe rating from the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes for New Construction program, a program used to certify a building's environmental performance. The building's features include a reflective roof, energy efficient windows, occupancy sensors, and regionally-appropriate landscaping to reduce water use.

Emory U Buildings Receive LEED Certification

(U.S.): One university research center received Gold certification and two other buildings received Silver certification, one of which is a historic building constructed in 1874.

U Southern Queensland to Construct Green Building

(Australia): When completed the new building will contain electric car charging stations, a 40-bicycle facility with covered and secure storage, showers and lockers, rainwater collection and grey water system, and a management system for the lighting and electrical systems.

U Oregon Building Earns LEED Platinum

The building's features include recycling waste water, domestic hot water from solar thermal panels, efficient heating and cooling systems, operable windows, solar shading and rain gardens.

U Illinois Building Achieves LEED Platinum

The newly renovated building was provided with upgraded climate controls, electric, lighting and plumbing systems, recycled demolition materials, low-flow water fixtures, and use of daylighting.

Western Carolina U Building Awarded LEED Gold

The university's Health and Human Sciences Building features daylighting, passive solar design, a rooftop garden, and use of recycled materials and materials with low volatile organic compounds.

New England Institute of Tech Awarded LEED Silver

(U.S.): The newly renovated 265,000 square-foot building incorporates energy and water efficiency measures and use of natural light.

U Virginia Building Receives Passive House Standard Certification

(U.S.): The university's Architecture School is using the recently certified house for research and education to design and build sustainable and highly energy-efficient modular and renovated housing units for affordable housing organizations.

Four U Minnesota Buildings Claim Energy Star Rating

Bringing the university total to seven, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rating is a comparison method that indicates the buildings are 75 percent more efficient than all similar buildings.

Keene State College Building Scores LEED Platinum

The Technology, Design and Safety Center building features site orientation to take advantage of natural lighting and airflow, operational windows with sensors that use passive heating and cooling, consideration toward indoor air quality through use of materials and recycled content, waterless and low-flow fixtures, and a photovoltaic array.

Elon U Building Achieves LEED Silver

The university's newest dining hall features low-flow water fixtures and dual-flush toilets, low-irrigation landscaping, Energy Star windows, and a high attention to indoor air quality.

Northwestern U Breaks Ground on Sustainable Building

The new Kellogg School of Management building will include a building envelope designed to reduce energy consumption, LED lighting and lighting automation, triple glazed windows, a geothermal heating and cooling system, low-flow water fixtures, a 2,000-gallon rainwater cistern, permeable paving and bioswales, and a white roof to reduce solar gain.

U Richmond Building Receives LEED Silver

The newly completed residence hall houses the university's Living and Learning programs.

China Europe Int'l Business School Bldg Achieves LEED Gold

(China): The building features wastewater reuse technology, a key card system that ensures lights are turned off when students leave their dorm rooms, and community space.

Indian Institute of Tech New Campus Features Green Technology

(India): The modular-built campus is proposed to feature rainwater capture and a gray-water system and a 5-megawatt photovoltaic power plant.

Austin College Dedicates Green Building

The university's newly dedicated Inquiry, Discovery, Entrepreneurship, and Access (IDEA) Center is aiming for LEED Silver through incorporating energy efficiency, green building techniques, solar shading, natural light and a rooftop rain irrigation system for native landscaping.

Georgia Gwinnett College Building Attains LEED Silver

The university's student center features an outdoor terrace and dining area that overlook a water feature that doubles as an irrigation resource, and community spaces that use natural day light.

Joliet Junior College Buildings Achieve LEED Gold

The university's recently certified Health Professions Center features a rainwater gray water system, solar shading, ground-source heating and cooling, and lighting efficiency. The Campus Center features solar panels, ground-source heating and cooling, green roofs and accessible natural areas.

Missouri State U Building Awarded LEED Silver

The university's School of Agriculture Learning Center's sustainable features emphasize energy and water efficiency.

Butler U Building Acquires LEED Gold

The new building's features include a white roof to reflect heat, dual-pane insulated windows to reduce thermal loss, energy efficient light fixtures, low-flow restroom fixtures, a rain garden and pervious asphalt.

Illinois Central College Building Earns LEED Silver

The college's 63,000-square-foot athletic facility features lighting, water and materials usage efficiency and a green roof.

U Pennsylvania Building Earns LEED Gold

The 40,000-square-foot building's features include communal areas, roof-top gardens and green roofs as part of its storm water management system, natural daylighting, energy efficient heating, cooling and ventilating systems, and regionally-sourced materials.

Chatham U Residence Halls Built to 'Passive House' Standards

(U.S.): The new dormitories will be constructed via Passive House Institute US's Passive House standards, which uses passive solar gain for heating, and shading and window orientation for cooling.

Saint Martin's U Building Acquires LEED Platinum

(U.S.): The university's Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering is now housed in the LEED-Platinum building featuring a geothermal ground loop; systems and structures that are exposed, offering visitors a clear view of their operations; energy-efficient fixtures and equipment that reduce water usage by 48 percent; a roof-top solar panel system that allows students to study tracking devices, solar orientation and the production of solar energy; a rain garden; and a grid-tied photovoltaic array that produces more than 15 percent of the building’s power.

San Jacinto College Building Earns LEED Silver

(U.S.): The college's North Campus Welcome Center features attention to lighting and heating, cooling and ventilation, and locally-sourced materials.

Oakland U Celebrates LEED Platinum Building

Building features include water and energy efficiency, regionally-procured materials, site placement that works with the sun to conserve energy, outdoor areas to encourage community, charging stations for electric vehicles, and a ground-source heat pump system.

Ohio State U Opens First Public Green Roof

The university's new natural rooftop on the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is part of the university's arboretum learning gardens.

Southern Oregon U to Open Student Sustainability Center

The new center will serve as a community education and gathering space and will feature a residence, on-site irrigation, compost areas, greenhouses, an outdoor kitchen, public gathering spaces and solar panel arrays.

U Maryland Uses Houseplants to Aid Indoor Air Quality

Helping staff and faculty members achieve silver status for its green office program, students from the university's Institute of Applied Agriculture assist in the production of potting and maintaining plants for distribution.

Four U Utah Buildings Earn LEED Gold

Three newly constructed buildings and one remodel exceeded state and university sustainable building mandates. The Marriott Residential Scholars Community is recognized for its location, which is close to train and bus stations, and for its ability to monitor energy use by floor. The Natural History Museum of Utah features photovoltaic panels contributing nearly 9 percent of the buildings' energy, water efficient landscaping and pervious pavement in the parking lot. The Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building includes attention to energy use efficiency and local materials. The University Data Center features high-efficiency server equipment with outside air recirculation to aid cooling efficiency.

Syracuse U Renovation Implements Operational Sustainability

The university's Dining Services implemented a pilot trayless dining program in its Sadler Dining Center after a recent audit indicated less food waste when trays were not used. To further its efforts, diners can now choose to compost their leftovers. The facility also offers a gluten-free spot and a green roof.

U Illinois Chicago to Retrofit Science Building

An upcoming energy retrofit of the university's Science and Engineering Laboratories Complex and a supporting office building is projected to save $1.8 million annually and cut energy consumption by 30 percent.

Binghamton U Building Receives LEED Platinum

The university's Engineering and Science Building incorporates passive solar energy for heating, geothermal technology for heating and cooling, energy-efficient windows and skylights to allow for maximum use of daylight.