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.
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.
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.
U Maryland Building Awarded LEED Gold
(U.S.): The renovation of the 22,648-square-foot facility replaced old building systems, connected the facility to a district chilling and heating plant, improved ADA accessibility, and updated building finishes.
U Wisconsin Stevens Point Debuts Green Dorm
(U.S.): A national energy and environmental group has recognized the institution’s efforts to build an eco-friendly dorm. The residence hall features solar panels, recycled construction materials and energy efficient lighting.
Richard Stockton College Campus Center Earns LEED Gold
The 154,000-square-foot center features optimized energy performance, water use reduction, enhanced commissioning, and the use of recycled and regional construction materials. The building also earned a Community Connectivity Credit by having 10 services within a half-mile of the campus center.
Syracuse U Receives USGBC Award
The university and Chancellor Nancy Cantor have received the U.S. Green Building Council 2012 Green Building Leadership Award. Chancellor Cantor, according to the USGBC, has elevated the mission of green building on campus through numerous LEED building projects and a school-wide goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040.
Arizona State U Receives USGBC Awards
The Arizona Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council recognized the university for its accomplishments in achieving LEED certifications for building construction. The university received two awards for most certifications and most LEED Gold buildings in Arizona.
Fleming College Sustainable Building Program to Construct Library
The college’s Sustainable Building Design and Construction program has announced plans to partner with the Municipality of Highlands East to build a new library in 2013. The program averages about 26 students who design and build a completely sustainable structure from start to finish, showcasing green building technologies and energy-saving techniques.
Oklahoma State U to Develop Campus Eco-Village
The university has begun developing a housing option designed to encourage its residents to be more socially and ecologically aware. The eco-village will incorporate ideas about sustainable living in a socially integrated community.
Roosevelt U Building Earns LEED Gold
The 32-story building features rooftop gardens, an exterior glass pattern that deters bird collision, pulper and composting systems, an indoor bicycle storage area, and innovative use of a small and unique urban land site.
Western Michigan U Opens New Sustainability Office
The university’s Office of Sustainability has been relocated to a building that formerly housed the University Bookstore. The renovated facility showcases existing campus sustainability initiatives and a new Sustainability Studio that will house a bicycle repair cooperative. A new electric car charging station has also been installed in the parking lot.
Arizona State U Science Building Achieves LEED Gold
The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology building features a photovoltaic array that supplies over 16 percent of its energy use, optimal building orientation based on local climate conditions, and performance monitoring to ensure the building will continue to meet its energy use reduction goals over the life of the building.
SUNY Sullivan Opens Sustainability Lab
The 1,278-square-foot laboratory includes HVAC, wind, solar, and hydraulic simulators to be used as a teaching and demonstration tool. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority funded the lab through the SUNYGreensNY grant consortium.
U Wisconsin Oshkosh Academic Center Earns LEED Gold
The academic center features roof-mounted thermal and parking lot photovoltaic solar panels, a green roof with low-maintenance plantings, and in-floor radiant heating and cooling systems. The sustainable features are estimated to save the university $182,000 annually.
U California Berkeley Completes Energy Biosciences Building
(U.S.): The science facility was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features include fume hoods designed to reduce energy use by nearly 40 percent in laboratories, a glass curtainwall, and automated window shades and lighting controls.
UC Davis Community Inspires Plan for Dubai Sustainable City
(United Arab Emirates): Inspired by a visit to the university’s energy-efficient West Village community, a UAE housing developer has begun planning a sustainable city on the outskirts of Dubai. The city developers will collaborate with the University of California Board of Regents on applied research and training related to the sustainable communities.
U Nottingham Dedicates Green Hotel
(U.K.): The hotel was designed to achieve an ‘Excellent’ rating under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. It includes a green roof; photovoltaic panels; and energy-efficient lighting, heating, and ventilation systems. The university has also installed a hydrogen re-fueling facility and electric charging points alongside a new research facility.
U Tasmania Building Achieves Green Star Certification
(Australia): Nearing completion, the university’s new medical science building has achieved a 5-Star Green Star Education Design v1 rating by the Green Building Council of Australia. In addition to sustainable measures in the design of the structure, energy efficient lighting and an 80,000-litre water tank will take reliance off of traditional power and water needs.
Clarkson U Student Center Receives LEED Silver
Sustainable features include water efficient landscaping, low-flow plumbing fixtures, bicycle storage and changing facilities, and preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles. Invented by a university professor, a new type of concrete masonry unit that contains 20 percent recycled industrial glass was also incorporated into the building.
Concordia U Buildings Earn LEED Certification
The PERFORM Center and the John Molson School of Business building were awarded LEED Gold and Silver status, respectively. The center features low energy consumption, water use reduction and the use of local materials. The Molson building features a solar wall that generates energy that is consumed in the building.
U Maryland Housekeeping Achieves Green Seal Certification
The Housekeeping Services Unit of the university’s Facilities Management organization has achieved Green Seal certification. Among the measures that were implemented were the replacement of floor burnishers that did not meet emissions and noise limits, the replacement of disposable materials with reusable alternatives, and the installation of additional matting at building entrances to keep dirt outside.
Western Technical College to Create Urban Agriculture Center
The college has partnered with the Hillview Urban Agriculture Center and Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare to create the Urban Landscape and Agriculture Center. The proposed $1.6 million greenhouse will promote community awareness through seminars, courses, and certificates related to various aspects in sustainability.
Chatham U Breaks Ground on Sustainable Campus
The university has begun building a carbon- and water-neutral, net-zero energy integrated facility that will ultimately serve more than 1,000 students. The $40 million initial phase of construction consists of the development of field labs, classrooms, a café, an amphitheater, a mosaic garden, and infrastructure development. The university also announced the receipt of a $7.5 million gift from the Richard King Mellon Foundation for the facility.
Clemson U Academic Facility Earns LEED Gold
The $31.6 million restoration and new construction project features geothermal heating and cooling, passive solar design, and mechanical windows that open and shut automatically when temperature and humidity reach threshold levels. An energy dashboard installed in the building provides real-time data on temperature and humidity levels, as well as energy and water use.
Emory U Public Health Building Earns LEED Silver
The facility’s sustainable features include CO2 monitors to verify that enough outside air is supplied where needed, low-flow plumbing fixtures, occupancy sensors, and an enthalpy wheel that is used to minimize energy use in laboratories. The project diverted over 80 percent of construction waste from landfills.
Kennesaw U Building Achieves LEED Gold
Sustainable features include low-flow plumbing, motion-detected lighting, a shower for cyclists and a system to recapture rainwater for irrigation. Recyclable wood and locally produced bricks were used in the construction.
Western U Gallery Renovation Achieves LEED Silver
The renovation of the art gallery features high-performance windows, LED lighting, and sensory controlled lights and ventilation. The gallery uses locally sourced walnut frames for displaying artwork.
Frostburg State U Opens Sustainable Energy Research Facility
The Sustainable Energy Research Facility (SERF) will be home to a wide variety of renewable energy research projects, while also serving as an instructional building for classes related to renewable energy. The 6,300-square-foot building itself will be a demonstration and test center, as it will be entirely off-grid, powered and heated with all renewable sources including a combination of solar, wind, passive solar, and hydrogen fuel cell technology. The construction, equipping and staffing of SERF has been supported by two grants from the U.S. Department of Energy totaling nearly $1.6 million.
Husson U Living and Learning Center Earns LEED Gold
The 61,000-square-foot multi-use facility incorporates energy efficiency systems including a drainwater heat recovery system, solar hot water system, low-flow faucets, and daylight dimming controls in the classrooms. The facility is also equipped with a Green Education dashboard that will provided water and electricity usage data to help create awareness and modify occupant behavior.
New Aviation Wing at Chukchi College Pioneers Alternative Energy
The college’s new $1.8 million expansion project includes the installation of 16 solar panels and community training for battery and other alternative energy equipment storage. The project also explores alternative energy systems tied to existing grids with battery storage and off-grid systems with battery storage for eventual use.