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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elon U Building Establishes LEED Silver
The university’s 18th LEED-certified building, the Numen Lumen Pavillion features a high-performance building envelope, low-flow water fixtures, occupancy sensors, natural daylighting, and was designed to encourage the use of outdoor spaces. Ninety-eight percent of the construction waste stream was diverted from the landfill.
U Georgia Building Awarded LEED Gold
The university's historic College of Environment and Design Jackson Street building features photovoltaic panels, efficient heating and cooling, rainwater collection and grey-water system, a green cleaning program, recycling collection and public transportation.
Emory U Building Achieves LEED Gold
(U.S.): The university's 10th LEED-certified building, the residence hall features energy efficiency, transportation options, use of low volatile organic compounds in paints, furnishings and carpeting, and a gray water reclamation system.
SUNY Oswego New Laboratory Complements Environment
(U.S.): The university’s new Rice Creek Field Station is set among 400 acres and contains an herb garden, nature trails, and ponds and streams used for ecological research and public engagement. The building uses solar power, rain gardens and landscape swales, and energy-efficient heating, cooling and lighting.
U Iowa Arena Designated LEED Gold
(U.S.): The university's Carver-Hawkeye Arena addition and renovation project, in which 90 percent of the original structure was used, includes water-efficient landscaping without an irrigation system, energy efficiency and energy from biomass, and 20 percent regionally-procured and recycled materials.
Villanova U Introduces LEED Bldgs, Water Bottle Stations + More
(U.S.): Newly implemented and/or completed this summer, the university has two new LEED Silver-certified residence halls, six new hydration stations around campus, and an ionized water cleaning system throughout the campus for floors, windows and disinfectants. The certified buildings include improvements to the lighting and heating, cooling and air conditioning equipment, low-flow bathroom fixtures, low volatile organic compounds paint and access to daylighting.