McGill U Launches Green Building Analysis Tool

The Material Analysis Tool, available to the public, is designed to help university staff and contractors select more environmentally friendly materials for new construction and renovation projects. The online ranking system considers manufacturer certification, durability, health impacts, rapidly renewable content, recycled content, recyclability and region of manufacture and extraction.

Harvard U Gutman Library Renovation Achieves LEED Platinum

Ninety-six percent of the construction waste during the renovation of the Harvard Graduate School of Education library was diverted from landfill, and the renovation achieved a 36 percent reduction in annual water use.

Loyola Chicago Nursing School Earns LEED Gold

The building features radiant heating and cooling systems, natural ventilation and high-efficiency glazing. Ninety-percent of the building needs no artificial light during the day.

Texas State U San Marcos Housing Complex Earns LEED Gold

The first LEED Gold certification for the Texas State University System was awarded for features including light occupancy sensors and a 40,000-gallon tank that collects condensation from the air-conditioning system and rain run-off to irrigate the three acres of native landscaping surrounding the complex. More than 30 percent of the building materials contain recycled content and more than 35 percent are from regional sources.

College of Saint Benedict Townhomes Earn LEED Platinum

The university is celebrating its first LEED certification with Centennial Commons, a 125-person student housing development. The complex includes high-efficiency windows and furnaces, natural daylight harvesting, on-demand water heaters, low-flow plumbing and exterior LED light fixtures. The university's Residential Life, Facilities and Office of Sustainability have partnered to develop an education program for residents that includes water, gas and electricity usage reports for each apartment.

Harvard U’s Fay House Renovation Achieves LEED Gold

The building incorporates passive solar design, occupancy sensors, and powers down appliances when not in use.

U Hong Kong Centennial Campus Earns LEED Platinum

(China): Sustainable features include the careful positioning of buildings to capture natural light, breezes and storm water; solar panels and wind turbines for electricity generation and demonstration purposes; green roofs and sky gardens; and greywater and stormwater treatment.

U Iowa Renovation of Stuit Hall Earns LEED Gold

The building incorporates passive solar design, a rain garden to capture storm water from the roof, occupancy sensors to control electric lights, new insulation and windows, low-VOC and formaldehyde-free products, energy-efficient mechanicals, and recycling storage and collection centers on every floor.

Rochester IT Debuts Green Education and Research Hub

The institute has opened its new Sustainability Institute Hall, a living lab that represents RIT’s commitment to the environment. The 84,000-square-foot facility was designed to exceed LEED Platinum standards and features solar panels, vertical wind turbines, and specialized research areas that include the Staples Sustainable Innovation Lab, Eco-IT test bed and a fuel cell test bed.

U Buffalo Davis Hall Achieves LEED Gold

Among the hall’s eco-friendly features are an outdoor plaza that includes water-efficient landscaping and methods to capture stormwater, a small green roof, bicycle racks, the use of recycled building materials, and energy-efficient heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

U Oregon Sports Arena Earns LEED Gold

The 400,000-square-foot Matthew Knight Arena features bike-friendly enhancements, recycled and regional building materials, and water efficiency measures that include a 50 percent reduction in water used for landscaping and a 30 percent reduction in building water use.

U Calgary EEEL Building Achieves LEED Platinum

The Energy. Environment. Experiential. Learning (EEEL) building uses 78 percent less energy than a conventional laboratory building. It features vertical green sunshades that move throughout the day to reduce glare and solar heat gain, concrete “Earth Tubes” that run air underground to the main lecture theatre to regulate temperature, and captured rain water mixed with recycled process water for graywater use.

Vanderbilt U Commons Center Earns LEED Gold

The Commons Center is the thirteenth certified project on campus and features locally sourced and manufactured building materials and low-flow plumbing fixtures. Additionally, an innovative green housekeeping was implemented and low-vapor emitting materials were used during construction.

Salem State U Residence Hall Achieves LEED Gold

Marsh Hall’s sustainable features include solar panels, green roofs, low-flow plumbing and a vegetated swale water-reclamation system.

Youngstown State U College of Business Building Earns LEED Gold

The university’s Williamson College of Business Administration features passive solar design, low-flow plumbing and a ventilation system that allows for 30 percent more airflow through the building.

New Mexico State U Barnes & Noble Awarded LEED Gold

Sustainable features include highly efficient mechanical, electrical and water systems, connectivity to the community, efficient lighting, systems to lower greenhouse gases and xeriscaping.

U Iowa Dental Science Building Addition Earns LEED Gold

The 33,754-square-foot addition features collection and storage areas for recyclable materials, energy cost savings of 41 percent above standard building codes, and wood-based materials harvested from Forest Stewardship Council certified forests.

U La Verne Residence Hall Achieves First LEED Gold

Vista La Verne, a campus residence hall, has earned the university’s first LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features include a reflective roof, low-flow plumbing, preferred parking for energy efficient vehicles and a covered bike shelter.

U Minnesota Duluth Residence Hall Awarded LEED Silver

The Lawrence A. Ianni residence hall features energy efficient windows, substantial insulation, low-flow plumbing, irrigation reduction, and occupancy sensors.

Duke U Adds 2 New LEED Certifications

The Duke Cancer Center and Chilled Water Plant #2 have been awarded LEED Gold certification. Along with bike racks and showers for bicycle commuters, the Cancer Center also features a rooftop garden, large windows to allow for natural lighting and occupancy sensors. The chiller plant is able to capture water condensate on the roof and store it for for the building's cooling towers.

Rochester IT Debuts Living Wall, Fuel Cell Power Unit

The institute has installed a green wall and a fuel-cell power unit at the new building for Goslisano Institute for Sustainability. The green wall spans 8 feet wide and 38 feet tall, containing 1,776 green plants that contribute to air quality as well as aesthetics. The fuel cell will produce 400 kilowatts of continuous electric power and will serve as the building’s primary energy source.

Colgate U Fitness Center Awarded LEED Gold

The university’s Trudy Fitness Center features passive solar design, a reflective white roof, and landscaping that does not require an irrigation system. Twenty percent of construction materials were locally sourced and 89 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills.

Elon U Station at Mill Point Achieves LEED Silver

The environmentally responsible Station at Mill Point residence hall has achieved LEED Silver certification.

North Lake College Student Life Center Earns LEED Silver

Sustainable features include low-flow plumbing, campus-wide alternative transportation strategies, and exterior view optimization to increase occupant wellness and reduce electrical lighting demand.

Salem State U Residence Hall Achieves LEED Gold

Marsh Hall features solar panels on green roofs, low-flow plumbing, use of recycled materials and a vegetated swale water system.

Wesleyan U Renovation Achieves LEED Platinum

(U.S.): The renovation of the multi-purpose academic building features a 2,500 square foot green roof, low-flow plumbing, triple glazing on windows, and over 52 percent of the total wood-based building materials that were harvested from FSC-certified forests.

Western Michigan U Chemistry Building Earns LEED Silver

(U.S.): The Chemistry Building features an integrated stormwater retention system, underground service tunnel that preserves green space, and energy-efficient lighting.

Elon U Francis Center Earns LEED Silver

The renovations of the Gerald L. Francis Center incorporated 95 percent of existing structural elements, included the use of sustainably harvested wood, and resulted in a 96 percent diversion rate for construction waste. The center is the tenth LEED-certified building on campus.

Elon U Residence Building Achieves LEED Silver

The Depot building’s sustainable features include low-flow plumbing, drip irrigation, efficient lighting, a green cleaning program, and a comprehensive approach to stormwater management. The university also purchased renewable energy credits equal to 70 percent of the electric use for two years.

Pomona College Parking Garage Awarded LEED Platinum

The 318,000-square-foot parking garage features a soccer field on the roof as well as materials that are recycled and locally sourced.

U California Santa Cruz Biomedical Building Earns LEED Gold

Sustainable features at the Biomedical Sciences Facility include daylighting, active chilled beams in the laboratories, reduced air change rates, and low-pressure-drop design of air handling systems. In addition, building information modeling was used throughout design and construction.

U Wyoming Biodiversity Conservation Center Achieves LEED Gold

The Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center’s sustainable features include a 3,600-square-foot green roof, locally sourced building materials, native or adapted landscape vegetation, low-flow plumbing, and bicycle racks.

2 U Wisconsin La Crosse Buildings Earn LEED Gold

The university’s new residence hall and academic building have both received LEED Gold certification. Centennial Hall features a student-funded solar water heater. Both buildings’ sustainable features include rain gardens, passive solar design, white rooftops to reduce the heat island effect, and ample bicycle parking.

Wake Technical CC Facility Awarded LEED Gold

The academic building features a rooftop terrace, daylight harvesting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and no-irrigation landscaping.

U South Carolina Buildings Awarded Green Globes

Following significant renovations, the Harper and Elliott residence halls have earned two Green Globes. The Green Globes system is a building environmental design and management tool. The buildings’ sustainable features include the use of recycled materials, environmentally friendly amenities, and reduced energy and water consumption.

Harvard U Library Renovation Includes Living Walls

(U.S.): The Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Gutman Library recently underwent a first-floor renovation that included the installation of four “living walls,” ceiling-to-floor panels that are covered entirely with foliage.

Rice U's Baker College Achieves LEED Silver

(U.S.): The renovation of Baker College has earned the university its tenth LEED certification. Sustainable features include windows that are double-paned with low-e glass, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, and occupancy sensor lights. Almost 90 percent of all construction and demolition waste was recycled.

U Wyoming Bim Kendall House Earns LEED Gold

(U.S.): The House, home of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, features solar panels, renewable building and finishing materials, recycling collection, and a green cleaning program. Students participated in the building’s design. The Haub School offers in-person and online tours to teach visitors how the building reduces resource consumption.

Bradley U Alumni Center Awarded LEED Silver

The Hayden-Clark Alumni Center has achieved LEED Silver through a variety of sustainable initiatives including minimizing energy use and reducing water consumption by more than 30 percent. Regional and recycled materials were also used in construction.

Mesa College San Diego Buildings Receive LEED Certification

The 85,000-square-foot Student Services Center has achieved LEED Gold certification and uses 40 percent less water inside and 50 percent less outside. The Continuing Education Campus has earned LEED Silver and is expected to reduce total building energy use by 43 percent.

Montana State U Laboratory Earns LEED Gold

The Cooley Laboratory’s sustainable features include water-efficient systems, the reuse of the existing building, passive solar design, recycled and sustainable construction materials, and the diversion of more than 1 million pounds of construction waste from the landfill.

U Connecticut Laurel Hall Achieves LEED Gold

The classroom building achieved the highest LEED certification so far at the university. Laurel Hall was designed to include features such as energy-saving window glazing, low-flow valves and faucets, high-performance insulation, and use of rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo and recycled copper. Additional sustainable features include drought-resistant and adaptable plantings, water-efficient bathroom fixtures, and a green roof.

Ball State U Dorm Renovation Achieves LEED Certification

Studebaker East residence hall features water bottle filling stations, locally sourced construction materials and revolving doors to curtail heat loss.

Niagara College Center Earns CarbonZero Status

The college’s Wine Visitor + Education Center has earned CarbonZero Certified status. This achievement means the carbon emissions resulting from the operations of the educational facility have been quantified, audited and offset. The carbonZero program was established in 2001 by Landcare Research New Zealand Limited, to provide robust tools for individuals, organizations and events to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions or carbon footprint with the highest level of credibility and integrity.

U Connecticut's Laurel Hall Receives LEED Gold

The university’s social science and humanities classroom building features a green roof, energy-saving window glazing, low-flow valves and faucets, high-performance insulation, and use of rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo, recycled copper, and other sustainable materials.

U Washington Renovation Receives LEED Certification

The renovation of the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Culture Center has achieved LEED certification.

Cuyahoga CC Health and Science Building Earns LEED Gold

The Westshore Campus Health Careers and Sciences building features daylight harvesting, native landscaping that eliminates the need for irrigation, 40 percent reduction in energy use and 47 percent reduction in water usage over current required standards.

U Pennsylvania to Open Green Nanotechnology Center

The university has announced it will open a research facility designed to achieve a minimum LEED Silver certification. To be completed by Spring 2013, the building features a green roof, garden terrace and landscape surfaces that will work together to collect rainwater for irrigation and mitigate storm surge impacts.

Asian School of Business Building Earns LEED Gold

(India): The campus has received the certification under the new construction program of LEED-India. The facility features rainwater harvesting, erosion and sedimentation control measures, and recycled construction materials.

Iowa State U Gym Renovation Receives LEED Platinum

(U.S.): The renovation of the university’s State Gym features light fixture sensors, the reuse of 87 percent of the original structure, captured stormwater that can be used to flush toilets, and native landscaping.