U Illinois Urbana-Champaign Institutes Net Zero Growth Space Policy
To halt growth of gross square footage in buildings on the university's campus, a commitment made in the 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan, the new policy, which went into effect July 1, 2015, is meant to reduce the campus carbon footprint with more efficient space use in future projects and renovations.
Three Universities Receive $600K From Energy Dept
Drexel University, Georgia Tech and University of California, Davis have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to receive $200,000 each to support building energy efficiency research and development funding, develop partnerships with industry, and improve manufacturing education. More than 50 percent of expenditures in each project will be used to support undergraduate students.
Stanford U Pilots Green Lab Program
The new university Cardinal Green Labs program aims to provide resources specifically tailored for laboratories to help them operate as sustainably as possible. The pilot program is a 30-minute online assessment that identifies how sustainable the lab currently is and points out tips for improvement.
San Diego State U Buildings Earn LEED Certifications
The university's student union received Platinum with a green roof, Forest Stewardship Council certified doors, daylighting, solar panels and rainwater capture and reuse. The recreation center earned a Gold rating after being renovated with photovoltaic panels and high-efficient fluorescent light fixtures.
Williams College Opens Environmental Center
Designed to be a Living Building Challenge (LBC) building, the college's newest structure has office space for faculty and staff, a classroom, study areas, two small conference areas, a commercial kitchen, an outdoor amphitheater, and a number of gardens all related to the LBC's guidelines that stipulate minimal negative impact on human and ecosystem health, and support local manufacturers.
Delta College Health Professions Building Earns LEED Gold Certification
Sustainable design and construction strategies that contributed to the project's LEED Gold Certification included recycling 95 percent of the demolition materials, using low-emitting materials and certified wood, ensuring that more than 20 percent of the materials were harvested and manufactured within 500 miles, and incorporating stepped dimming lighting into all the classrooms.
Cornell U Building Earns LEED Gold
The new 480,000-square-foot research facility features high-efficiency mechanical systems that enable it to consumer 18 percent less energy than a minimally code-compliant structure by employing energy-saving mechanical systems, including a high-efficiency HVAC system, energy conserving heat exchangers, and daylight-responsive lighting controls.
St. Edward's U Buildings Earn Green Rating
St. Edward’s University is happy to report that the Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) program has awarded its 3-star rating certificates to the John Brooks Williams Natural Science Center-South and the UFCU Alumni Gym. These buildings serve as yet another example of the university’s commitment to sustainability and the environment.
Loyola U Chicago Buildings Receive Green Designation
Loyola University Chicago has added five green-certified buildings to its list of high-efficiency constructions across its campuses. The United States Green Building Council recently granted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designations to the university buildings, including three Gold certifications.
SUNY ESF Building Receives LEED Platinum
The building features a green roof used as a research and demonstration project, native plant species, solar panels, permeable pavement, rain gardens, and no-mow zones.
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.