Public Institutions Caught in Maintenance Funding Conundrum

In what Inside Higher Ed is calling "the other debt crisis," public colleges and universities are issuing their own debt to finance facility renovations, reports the online news source. Facing aging campuses, several years of backlogged maintenance projects, increased competition for students and little hope that states are going to fund the construction they need, institutions are "now catching up for several years of not being funded appropriately." Institutions that can't issue cheap debt are faced with choosing whether to hold off on projects (leading to an aging and potentially unsafe campus and more expensive renovations in the future), or funding projects from their operating budgets, potentially siphoning off resources for other priorities like faculty salaries and student services.

Rice U Renovation Earns LEED Silver

Sustainable features of the renovation of Will Rice College include salvaged roofing materials, water-efficient fixtures, occupancy sensors for lights and 54 new bicycle parking spots.

Cal State U Fullerton Student Housing Achieves LEED Platinum

The project was designed and constructed with energy-efficient management systems, low water use, on-site material recycling and high efficiency lighting, glass and window systems.

George Washington U Dorm Renovation Earns LEED Gold

The renovation of Lafayette Hall includes water-efficient plumbing fixtures, natural daylight, thermal controls for all occupants, and energy-efficient windows, walls and insulation.

Southern Methodist U Grand Ballroom Earns LEED Certification

Sustainable features of the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom renovation includes updated heating and air conditioning, new energy-efficient windows, locally sourced and manufactured materials, and low-flow plumbing.

Syracuse U Basketball Center Awarded LEED Certification

The 54,000 square-foot complex is designed to use 30 percent less water and almost 20 percent less energy than a typical new building. About 20 percent of the materials used in the building are made from recycled materials and more than half of the construction and demolition waste was recycled or reused.

Finger Lakes CC Opens Green Student Center

(U.S.): The 78,000-square-foot building features stone quarried in the state, sustainably harvested wood products, 192 solar panels, low-maintenance landscaping, and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems.

Indiana U Unveils Net-Zero Office of Sustainability Headquarters

(U.S.): E-House features a 4-kilowatt photovoltaic system, geothermal heating and cooling system, LED Lamps and efficient storm windows. Excess generated electricity will be sold back to the grid in a net metering agreement with Duke Energy.

Vanderbilt U Library Renovation Earns LEED Gold

(U.S.): Sustainable features of the Central Library renovation include low-flow plumbing and an enhanced use of natural lighting. Seventy-five percent of demolition waste was recycled.

Appalachian State U Dorm Awarded LEED Gold

The second LEED Gold certification for Appalachian State University (North Carolina), the new residence hall received high marks for stewardship in areas including erosion control, landscaping and stormwater controls. Additional sustainable features include energy-efficient lighting, solar thermal and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

Bowling Green State U Achieves First LEED Gold

Bowling Green State University’s (Ohio) Stroh Center incorporates a variety of sustainable strategies including the optimization of heating and air conditioning performance, construction waste management, regional and recycled materials, and water-efficient restroom accessories. The building was also made accessible to alternative transportation.

Columbia U Awarded Several LEED Certifications

In its winter 2012 newsletter, Columbia University (New York) reports several recent LEED certifications including LEED Gold for its research facility, Northwest Corner, and University Medical Center; and LEED Silver for its administrative Studebaker building.

Moraine Valley CC Education Center Earns LEED Platinum

Moraine Valley Community College’s (Illinois) Southwest Education Center features a geothermal system, bioswales in the parking lot, low-flow plumbing fixtures and a green roof.

U Arizona Residence Halls Earn LEED Platinum

The University of Arizona’s two newest residence halls feature rainwater harvesting, drought tolerant landscaping, low-flow plumbing and a web-based software that allows students to monitor the amount of energy the building uses.

Harvard Lab Earns LEED Silver

Harvard University's (MA) Kramer Lab has earned LEED Silver certification. A heavy focus was placed on the reuse of existing elements, as well as the application of sustainable furniture and materials. The lab is the Faculty of Arts and Sciences' 25th LEED certification, achieving an average total 25.4 percent reduction in lighting power density.

New York U Law Building Achieves LEED Platinum

New York University’s WILF Hall has been awarded LEED Platinum certification. A green roof and two planted terraces help insulate the building year-round and filter pollutants out of rainwater, reducing runoff into the sewers. More than 90 percent of all construction and demolition debris was reused or recycled. Additional features include bicycle storage and showers for commuting riders.

U Iowa Lab Awarded LEED Gold

The University of Iowa's State Hygienic Laboratory has earned LEED Gold certification. The building's grounds feature xeriscaping, which uses plants suited to the climate so that no special watering is needed. Ninety percent of the building has access to natural light and more than one-third of the building products are made from recycled content.

U Maryland Residence Hall Earns LEED Gold

The University of Maryland, College Park’s Oakland Hall has become the first LEED-certified dorm on campus with a LEED Gold designation. The residence hall features low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient lighting and solar reflective surfaces on the roof to lower the building's air conditioning use.

U South Florida Science Building Achieves LEED Gold

The new Interdisciplinary Science Teaching & Research building at the University of South Florida has attained LEED Gold certification. The energy-efficient building features high-performance glazing construction, reduced interior lighting, occupancy sensors and sustainable materials including post-industrial scrap and pre-consumer recycled content.

U Vermont Lab Building Earns LEED Gold

The University of Vermont’s James M. Jeffords Hall has achieved LEED Gold certification. The 97,000- square-foot, $56 million lab and office building features an underground central steam and chilled water system, occupancy system for lighting and ventilation, and regionally produced construction products. More than 90 percent of construction and demolition waste was diverted from the landfill.

Harvard U Building Goes Double LEED Platinum

Harvard University (MA) has announced a second LEED Platinum certification for its Campus Services building. The university initially achieved its first LEED Platinum certification with the building in 2007 in the New Construction category. Now, the building has earned a second Platinum nod in the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) category and has outperformed the energy reduction predictions developed during the original renovation.

Seattle U Buildings Go Carbon Neutral with Upgrades, Offsets

Through new infrastructure enhancements and offsets, campus buildings at Seattle University (WA) have achieved carbon neutrality. The university saves emissions with a new natural gas fuel source, highly efficient gas boiler loop and a manure-to-power project investment. Ninety-eight percent of the university’s electricity is produced from Seattle City Light’s mix of hydro, wind and biomass, and the remaining 2 percent is offset with renewable energy credits.

U Georgia Art Museum Earns LEED Gold

The University of Georgia’s Museum of Art has achieved LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features include two underground cisterns for landscape use, rain gardens, low-flow plumbing fixtures and passive solar design. Ninety-one percent of the construction waste was also salvaged or recycled for use on site or in campus projects.

Johnson County CC Health Education Center Receives LEED Gold

Johnson County Community College’s (KS) Olathe Health Education Center has received LEED Gold certification. Featuring a geothermal heat pump and passive solar design, the building consumes 48 percent less energy than a comparable new building. The center was also completed $1 million under budget.

McGill U Science Complex Earns LEED Gold

McGill University's (QC) Life Sciences Complex has been awarded LEED gold certification by the Canada Green Building Council. The two-facility complex features a heat recovery system, innovative management of fume hoods, lighting efficiency, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems with variable speed drives. Rainwater captured from the building's reflective roof is stored in a cistern for toilet and urinal use, cutting potable water consumption by 50 percent. Ninety-six percent of construction-related waste was diverted from landfills.

U Washington Tacoma Renovation Awarded LEED Platinum

The University of Washington, Tacoma has achieved LEED Platinum certification for the renovation of its Joy Building, providing more classroom space for the university. Eighty-four percent of the building structure was reused and 95 percent of construction waste was recycled. Built near public transportation, the building features an electric vehicle recharging station and 56 secure bike storage locations.

Kwantlen Polytechnic U Library Awarded LEED Gold

Kwantlen Polytechnic University's (BC) Coast Capital Library has received LEED Gold certification. Featuring natural ventilation, the building consumes 65 percent less energy compared to the model National Building Code and more than 40 percent of construction materials were sourced locally.

U California San Diego Renovation Earns LEED-EBOM Gold

The University of California, San Diego’s Supercomputer Center has achieved LEED Gold certification in the Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance category. The renovated includes the increased use of natural day lighting, a comprehensive recycling program, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and environmentally responsible cleaning and landscape maintenance programs.

Morgan CC Classroom Building Earns LEED Gold

Morgan Community College’s (CO) Spruce Hall has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The building features a 19-kilowatt photovoltaic system and water-efficient landscaping. Additional sustainable features include low-flow plumbing fixtures, passive solar design and low emitting materials.

U North Carolina Greensboro Education Building Earns LEED Gold

The University of North Carolina, Greensboro’s School of Education building has achieved LEED Gold certification. Thirty percent of the $47 million project features regional materials and 88 percent of the construction waste was recycled. Sustainable features include drought resistant plants, low-flow plumbing, a bio-retention pond and sand filter systems.

Duke U Debuts New Green Residence Hall

Duke University (NC) has debuted its latest residence hall, designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The 75,000-square-foot building will use 35 percent less water and 12 percent less energy than an average building of the same size. Sustainable features include a storage room for bicycles, recycling bins and low-flow plumbing. Seventy-five percent of construction materials were recycled.

Hagerstown CC Unveils Green STEM Building

Hagerstown Community College (MD) has opened its new energy-efficient Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building. Sustainable features include sunshades, improved air quality and a system that catches rainwater for use in toilets. The college plans to eventually install solar panels and green roofs.

New England IT Opens New Green Campus

New England Institute of Technology (RI) has completed a green renovation of its East Greenwich campus. Sustainable features of the building, which sits on 25 acres of land, include recycled and reused construction debris, low-VOC materials, a groundwater harvesting system and motion-detected lights. Additionally, 60 LED lights were installed on light poles across campus.

Texas Tech U Debuts Green Business Building

Texas Tech University has opened its newest green building, designed to meet LEED requirements. Sustainable features of the Rawls College of Business building include recycling stations and four detention ponds to capture stormwater. Seventy-five percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills.

U Calgary Lab to Seek LEED Platinum

The University of Calgary (AB) has debuted its Energy Environment Experiential Learning laboratory building, which will seek LEED Platinum certification. Sustainable features include the redistribution of sunlight using reflective surfaces, high-efficiency light fixtures controlled by a computerized system using occupancy sensors and smart time scheduling, fixed and moving sunshades, and cooling towers.

Delaware Technical & CC Energy House Earns LEED Platinum

Delaware Technical & Community College’s Energy House has been awarded LEED Platinum certification. The house was constructed on campus to serve as an educational lab for students to learn about innovative energy-efficient and renewable technology and materials. Included in the design of the building are solar systems, wind generation equipment, a living green roof, radiant floor heating, geothermal options and examples of efficiency in construction and appliance usage.

Elon U Housing Units Receive LEED Platinum

Six houses in Elon University's (NC) Loy Center have received LEED for Homes Platinum certification. The residences, occupied by fraternity and sorority students, were designed with water- and energy-efficient features and recycled materials. House managers in each residence have completed a training session on the operations and unique features of the center, and there is a Sustainable Living Guide for residents.

Portland State U Science Building Awarded LEED Gold

Portland State University’s (OR) renovated Science Research and Teaching Center has received LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features of the eighth LEED-certified building on campus include new low-flow laboratory hoods, high performance windows, energy-efficient lighting, occupancy sensors and new mechanical and heating systems. The $46.5 million makeover will reduce energy use by 20 to 30 percent with a potential cost savings of $300,000 per year.

Towson U Earns First LEED Gold Certification

Towson University's (MD) West Village Commons has received LEED Gold certification, the first building on campus to receive the designation. Sustainable features of the dining and student life building include a roof garden, organics composting system, single stream recycling containers and convenient bike parking. At peak performance, the building is designed to reduce energy consumption by 50 percent, water use by 40 percent and solid waste by 70 percent.

U Colorado Boulder Residence Hall Earns LEED Platinum

The University of Colorado Boulder's newest residence hall has received LEED Platinum certification. The $46.5 million Williams Village North building, with 131,246 gross square feet, is projected to be nearly 40 percent more energy- and water-efficient than modern buildings of the same size. Sustainable features include on-site solar panels, information kiosks, a water bottle filling station, low-flow plumbing, passive solar design and an advanced heat-recovery system.

U Wyoming Debuts Online Green Building Resources

The University of Wyoming's Environment and Natural Resources website has posted "lessons learned" from the construction of the university's Bim Kendall House, designed to achieve LEED certification. The website serves as a resource for members of the campus and broader community who want more information on sustainable building products including the building's current LEED scorecard, building materials and furniture. Visitors can also use the site to track renewable energy production from the building's photovoltaic panels. An online green building tour will be available in the spring.

Western Kentucky U Earns First LEED Certification

Western Kentucky University's 120,000-square-foot Gary A. Ransdell Hall has received the first LEED certification for the campus. Sustainable features of the LEED Gold-certified building include energy-efficient lighting, highly insulated walls, an efficient heating and cooling system and a reflective roof. Recycled, local materials were used during construction.

Carnegie Mellon U Centers Achieve LEED Gold

Carnegie Mellon University (PA) has earned LEED Gold certification for both its Gates Center for Computer Science and Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies. Sustainable features of both buildings include green roofs, rainwater harvesting systems, and locally sourced and recycled construction materials.

Harvard U Kennedy School Auditorium Awarded LEED Gold

The renovation of the auditorium at Harvard University's (MA) Kennedy School has earned LEED Gold certification. One hundred percent of the furniture was reused in the renovation and 88 percent of the construction waste recycled and reused. Additional sustainable features include a highly efficient HVAC system and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

San Diego Miramar College Police Station to Seek LEED Platinum

San Diego Miramar College (CA) has opened its new Police Station and parking structure. The station will pursue LEED Platinum certification with sustainability elements that include a green roof and green screen, reclaimed water for flushing toilets and all irrigation needs, and a tower that serves as a solar chimney and creates a flow of natural ventilation.

U California Irvine Humanities Bldg Earns LEED Platinum

The University of California, Irvine has earned its first LEED Platinum building certification with its Humanities Gateway building. Sustainable features include high-efficiency elevators and a California Cool Room that has a system of reflective coatings to minimize heat reflection.

U Florida Office Building Earns LEED Gold

The University of Florida's East Campus Office Building has achieved LEED Gold certification. Thirty percent of the building's materials feature recycled content and nearly 97 percent of on-site construction waste was diverted from landfill.

U Winnipeg Achieves LEED Silver with 2 Buildings

The University of Winnipeg (MB) has earned LEED Silver certification from the Canadian Green Building Council for both its McFeetors Hall: Great-West Life Student Residence building and Students' Association Daycare Centre. Both buildings feature aerator faucets, dual flush toilets, energy recovery ventilators, occupancy sensors and energy-efficient light fixtures. Eighty percent of the construction waste was recycled or salvaged.

Jamestown CC Debuts Green Science Center

Jamestown Community College’s (NY) new science center has achieved LEED certification. The 26,762-square-foot facility features a rainwater harvesting system that provides water for flushing toilets, greenhouse plants and a drip irrigation system for the vegetative roof garden. Additional sustainable features include passive solar design, permeable pathways and a wetland habitat restoration space.

Norwalk CC Opens Green Science, Health and Wellness Center

Norwalk Community College (CT) has debuted a new Science, Health and Wellness Center with green features including double-pane windows glazed to reduce emissions, compact fluorescent lighting, and controls that sense occupants. The building has saved the college $79,300 in utility costs since its August opening.