Simon Fraser U Building Earns LEED Silver
The newly renovated space, certified through the Canada Green Building Council, features 30 percent reduction of potable water use from the baseline buildings, use of recycled lab furniture, and re-use of the existing raised floor system, including in wet labs.
U California Merced Building Achieves LEED Platinum
The university's student housing building, Half Dome, features water-efficient landscaping, a 96 percent construction waste diversion rate, a 48 percent of building materials feature recycled content, and a 98 percent of the building's wood is Forest Stewardship Council-certified.
Antioch College Holds Sustainable Housing Charrette
The college recently gave an open invitation to the campus and surrounding community to provide input on a housing project that will focus on affordability and environmental impact. Located on campus but open to the community to rent or purchase, the connected units will contain renewable energy and water filtration systems.
Ohio U Collaborates on Campus Sustainable Design
A new project will bring together several university offices to brainstorm the best ways to keep university facilities up-to-date on modern, sustainable designs, such as sustainable stormwater runoff and green roof technologies. The main goal of the project, which is on a one-year trial, is to focus on waste management and energy efficiency throughout the construction process, while also maintaining LEED green building certifications.
Western Michigan U Recognized by USGBC
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council recently recognized the university for energy conservation efforts, recycling and waste reduction programs, and for facilitating cooperative research into green manufacturing practices.
Harvard U Building Receives LEED Gold
The university's Harvard Art Museums features energy-efficient LED lightbulbs, natural lighting, a rainwater recovery system, waterless urinals, and 96 percent of all construction-related waste and debris was diverted from landfills.
Texas A&M U Students Design Green Roof for Renovation
Engineers Serving the Community, a student organization that seeks to improve local communities through engineering, has designed a roof they hope will be incorporated into the renovation of the university's engineering building.
U California Davis Building Claims LEED Platinum
Sustainable features include easy separation for disposing of recyclable products, natural light and views in common areas, high-recycled content in building materials, an energy-efficient mechanical design, and water-efficient sustainable landscaping.
Cornell U Building Earns LEED Platinum
(U.S.): The new addition boasts a vegetative roof, an energy efficient HVAC system and automated building control systems, recycled and regionally-procured materials, and carbon dioxide detectors to circulate fresh air only when the space is occupied.
Washington U St. Louis Completes Green Renovation
(U.S.) The recently completed renovation of the university's Arts & Sciences department features a green roof with native plants and is used as a new green-space learning environment where faculty and students work in experimental garden plots to study the human use of plants.
Washington U St. Louis Buildings Achieve LEED Gold
The university's two new buildings are co-located near alternative transportation options and feature an electric vehicle charging station, water bottle refill stations, energy efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and 22 percent of all building materials are recycled while 27 percent are locally sourced from within 500 miles.
Northampton CC Building Accomplishes LEED Gold
The features of the 200,000-square-foot, three-building campus include solar photovoltaic panels, central geothermal heating and cooling system, high efficiency heating and cooling, and lighting systems.
U California Merced Building Receives LEED Platinum
The building includes sun shades and glazing to reduce heat gain, roofing material to deflect heat rather than absorb, low-flow faucets, shower heads, irrigation and restroom facilities, drought-tolerant and native landscaping, and construction waste diversion of 82 percent.
Arizona State U Building Achieves LEED Gold
(U.S.): The building's features include daylighting, Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, high efficiency LED lighting, occupancy sensors, native plants and a 297-panel photovoltaic installation.
Cosumnes River College Building Earns LEED Platinum
The buildings' features include solar panels, skylights, a water-efficient irrigation system, drought-resistant plant species, on-site rainwater harvesting, radiant floor heating and cooling, and lighting occupancy sensors.
Swarthmore College Completes Green Building
The college's new 21,000-square foot fitness, wellness and theater space was finished and appointed with many of the old materials from the original structure and college-owned stone that had been piled in nearby woods. Other features include stormwater runoff remediation, green spaces, and heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and lighting controls that work with the time of day and occupancy.
U Pennsylvania Commits to LEED Construction
In keeping with the guidelines established under the university's Climate Action Plan 2.0, the university announced that all of the school’s new buildings will seek LEED Silver certification.
Weston College Offers Educational Eco House
(U.K.): The custom-made house is used to train construction workers in sustainable building techniques and features solar panels and a rainwater capture system for flushing toilets.
Texas State U Partners on Resource Efficiency
Under a recent memorandum with a private company, the partnership will collaborate to improve operation and management of social infrastructure such as water conservation and preservation.
Hampshire College to Open Living Building
Built to Living Building Challenge requirements, the college's new building, slated to open in November, will have a 100-kilowatt photovoltaic array, high-efficiency windows and a rainwater collection system. The Living Building Challenge, a program of the Living Future Institute, is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines advanced measures of sustainability in the built environment and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and end-game positive solutions.
Onondaga CC Buildings Earn LEED Gold
The university's music hall was designed with natural daylighting, reduced energy consumption, water saving fixtures, and about 10 percent of the building materials came from less than 500 miles away. The second building, an arena and events center, features reduced water consumption, landscape design requiring zero irrigation, reduced energy consumption and 33 percent of the building materials are made from recycled content.
Australian Catholic U Brisbane to Open Green Building
(Australia): Designed to improve the health and well-being of occupants and to support productivity and work performance, the building will feature energy and water efficiency elements, attention to waste management, and natural lighting.
Middlebury College Building Earns LEED Platinum
The campus' new athletic center addition features natural light, an energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air condition system, low-emitting construction materials for indoor air quality, a green roof and a rooftop solar array.
Indiana U South Bend Building Earns LEED Silver
The Education and Arts building was recently renovated and awarded certification through elements such as using natural resources when designing the space. This renovation promotes environmental awareness to students.
U Utah Recognized for Energy Efficiency Leadership
The Department of Energy recently recognized the university in its Better Building Challenge for its work toward reducing energy use by 20 percent by 2020. This goal is achieved through building upgrades and renovations to save money, reduce energy consumption and cut waste. One major upgrade included the heating and cooling system at its Dumke Health Professions Education Building that, upon completion, reduced the environmental impact.
Western Michigan U Building Earns LEED Silver
The university's Lee Honors College building received this environmentally friendly status due to renovations that include low-plumbing fixtures to reduce water use and native plant species added to the landscape that reduced irrigation water usage by 69 percent.
Bowling Green State U Building Earns LEED Gold
The university's dining service building received LEED certification due to 75 percent of the construction waste being recycled, all building materials used were purchased within a 500-mile radius, Ohio barn wood was utilized throughout and the construction used less structural steel.
U Illinois Chicago Building Earns LEED Gold
The university's Mile Square Health Center earned certification due to aspects that include a green roof, high-efficiency flush fixtures and low-VOC carpet, paint and furniture to reduce chemicals and improve air quality.
Southern Oregon U Sells Carbon Credits
In an effort to reduce the university’s carbon footprint at a rate of 10 percent by 2020 and 100 percent by 2050, carbon credits from a campus LEED building are being sold to Chevrolet in order to receive funding that will boost green building practices.
George Washington U Building Earns LEED Platinum
(U.S.): The building incorporates natural lighting with floor to ceiling windows, lighting controls, a green roof, recycled and renewable building materials, yoga and meditation rooms, desks that can be converted into standing workstations, and bike racks inside and outside the building.
Northern Arizona U Building Achieves LEED Gold
(U.S.): Recent renovations of the Liberal Arts building at the university included a 75 percent diversion of construction waste from landfills, a reduction of water usage by 30 percent, and lighting controls for more responsible use of energy.
Dickinson College Building Earns LEED Gold
The college opened their fifth LEED Gold building this month that features storm-water management, innovative light structure and natural ventilation with reversible fans.
Roane State CC Opens Green Buildings
The college completed construction of two new buildings this past March, built with LEED certification in mind, with features such as daylighting, motion and daylight sensors, geothermal heating and cooling, and indoor water use reduction.
Simon Fraser U Opens Green Labs and Offices
As part of the university’s goal to reduce energy consumption by 2 percent each year, a new campus-wide engagement program allows labs and offices to receive a toolkit that includes resources whereby points tally toward certification. During its pilot program the trial building reduced energy consumption equal to power for 30 households and heat to 20 households for one year.
North Carolina State U Receives APPA Sustainability Award
Designed to recognize leadership and sustainability advancements in facilities, this Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) award, announced in August 2014, honors the university for maintenance and operations, energy and utility use, and planning and construction.
U Pennsylvania Buildings Receive LEED Gold
The university's new nanotechnology science building features high-efficiency mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment for public spaces, 90 percent waste diversion of construction material, natural light, low volatile compound emitting interior finish materials, two green roofs and outside public community spaces. The second certified space, an addition, includes green roofs and community common areas.
U Iowa Installs Green Roof
Located on the university's Health Science Campus, the sedum-covered roof acts as a rainwater retention feature, reducing runoff impacts to the watershed, and assists in energy conservation through reducing heating and cooling load.
Western Michigan Building Earns LEED Gold
The new 230,000-square-foot building features on-site storm water retention, 975 rooftop solar panels with a 1/4 megawatt annual output suppling at times more than the building's use, energy-efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and a green roof.
Western Michigan U Building Awarded LEED Silver
The university's new climate-controlled Archives and Regional History Collections facility features ground-source heating and cooling, LED lighting, an underground stormwater retention system and water-efficient plumbing fixtures.