Lawnstarter Releases 11 "Greenest" Basketball Arenas in US

Lawnstarter, a new landscaping startup company based in Austin, Texas, recently identified the 11 "greenest" basketball arenas in the U.S. Lawnstarter gave priority to newly constructed arenas that received LEED Gold status, followed by renovated arenas with LEED Gold status and renovated arenas with LEED Silver status. The LEED scores for the projects, if available, came from the U.S. Green Building Council and the universities. In order of rank, they are University of Texas at Arlington, Towson University, University of Oregon, University of Michigan, George Washington University, University of Toledo, University of Iowa, University of California Los Angeles, University of Notre Dame, Southern Methodist University and University of South Florida.

Harvard U Lab Renovation Receives LEED Gold

The purpose of the project was to revitalize a high performance space and to create an energy-efficient indoor environment focused on occupant health, resulting in 100 percent of the project's adhesives, paints and flooring systems were low-emitting. Energy conservation measures include more efficient LED lamps, and lighting sensors and controls to help improve the occupants’ research and time in lab.

U California Davis Building Earns LEED Gold

The campus' main administration building is the university's 19th to be LEED certified. It features water-conserving plumbing fixtures, environmentally friendly lamps, energy efficient equipment and construction materials, and adoption of LEED's High-Performance Green Cleaning Program.

Rice U Building Earns LEED Gold Certification

The university's new Continuing Studies facility features occupancy sensors, a solar array, stormwater management, daylighting and low emissive materials and is the first all-LED lighting building on campus.

U California San Diego Building Receives LEED Platinum

The university's new Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility II includes reuse of all moisture generated by the cooling system and non-potable water collected from numerous sites within building for irrigation of outside lawn; all plumbing is low-flow and can use non-potable water; windows are operable and employ both fixed and computer controlled exterior shading; specialized systems and equipment monitor and optimize energy usage in labs; and building materials selected for low emission of volatile organic compounds, with much recycled and locally sourced.

U Dayton Building Earns LEED Gold

The university's newly renovated 1869 chapel features building materials that were recycled or are low-emitting materials, a plumbing system designed to reduce water consumption by 40 percent, and LED lighting to reduce electric consumption. The university purchased renewable energy credits for two years to offset 70 percent of the building’s energy usage.

North Carolina State U Student Union Scores LEED Silver

The university's new 283,000-square-foot Talley Student Union features an open design that maximizes daylight, occupant health and productivity, low-emitting finishes and furniture, high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, a 50,000-gallon rainwater cistern, and energy-efficient HVAC systems.

Harvard U Building Achieves LEED Platinum

The new renovation of Esteves Hall at the university's Business School makes the 100th LEED certified space on the university's campus.

Cornell U Parking Garage Attains Sustainability Designation

Certified by the Green Parking Council and one of seven such structures in the U.S., the building's features include the operation of environmental controls in this mostly enclosed parking garage. Exhaust air from the building above moves through the garage to moderate the temperature and flushe out carbon monoxide generated by cars in the garage. EV charging stations and LED lights included.

Duke U Hall Receives LEED Platinum

The new home of the university's Nicholas School of the Environment features photovoltaic technology that supplies nine percent of the building's total energy needs, solar thermal panels for domestic hot water, a vegetated roof, 100 percent FSC-certified wood for interior, water recycling systems and 95 percent of construction waste was recycled.

Duke U Library Receives LEED Gold

The university's Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, dedicated recently following a 2-year restoration/renovation, used more than 20 percent pre- and post-consumer recycled content in materials and recycled more than 75 percent of construction waste. Low-VOC finishes, carpets, and sealants contribute to the building’s indoor air quality. The original building was preserved.

SUNY Oswego Building Earns LEED Gold

Opened in fall 2013, the 230,000-square-foot building features a geothermal-well installation, windows and shades that optimize daylight and energy savings, a vertical wind turbine and rooftop solar panels that tie in to the building, water bottle filling stations, small roof gardens and four stormwater retention basins.

Western Illinois U Claims Governor Sustainability Awards

One of 19 companies and organizations that submitted for the award, the university received the 2015 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award for excellence in environmental performance. The university's application included sustainability-related projects that staff members in Facilities have undertaken and completed in recent years, as well as on the unit's everyday practices.

Harvard U Building Obtains LEED Gold

The recent 26,000-square-foot renovation includes a focus on occupant health and indoor environmental air quality by using low chemical emitting building materials and finishes, energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that use water to heat and cool, occupancy sensors and daylighting.

Maharishi U Building Case Study Earns Place in U.N. Book

A two-page case study of the university's Sustainable Living Center is being included in a new 160-page electronic book published by the U.N. that seeks to inspire, encourage and support universities to develop and implement their own transformative strategies for establishing green, resource-efficient, and low carbon campuses.

U Winnipeg Complex Achieves LEED Gold

The new building, previously the site of a roller rink, includes an atrium featuring living fig trees and a wooden wall made from the roller rink's wood flooring, natural daylighting, a heat recovery system to aid in energy efficiency, and reclaimed materials.

Shippensburg U Residence Halls Earn LEED Certification

Three university residence halls, opened in August 2014, were recently cloaked with LEED certification. Combined the halls have nearly 400 total student units with more than 900 beds. Students involved in the buildings' planning process stressed LEED as a key component.

Arizona State U Facility Earns LEED Gold

College Avenue Commons, the newest university building used primarily by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, features environmental systems monitoring, an orientation that helps minimize the western exposure and adjustable LED lighting. One major goal of the project was to provide a living and learning resource for engineering and construction education.

Drew U Center Claims LEED Silver

The university's newly redesigned Ehinger Center features a renewable energy system, low-emission paint and recycled construction materials. Other features include an indoor composting station, pervious concrete pavers that allow rainwater to be reabsorbed and waterless urinals in the men’s bathroom.

Energy Department Defines Zero Energy Buildings

After leading a stakeholder engagement process over the past year and a half, the Energy Department states a Zero Energy Building is “an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy." The findings were released in the recently published A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings.

University Business 'Inside Look: Sustainable Campus Buildings'

The recent article from University Business highlights the upward trend of colleges and universities that incorporate sustainability into new construction and renovations including energy and water efficiency, aesthetics, monitoring systems and learning opportunities for students.

Eastern Connecticut State U Enters $2M Built Environment Agreement

The new $2 million cooperative agreement involving the university's Institute for Sustainable Energy will launch a pilot program called Accelerate Performance that integrates performance-based procurement into new construction or major renovation projects. The initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and includes Seventhwave and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Frostburg State U Building Obtains LEED Gold

The university's newest LEED Gold-certified building utilizes recycled materials, conserves energy and water, manages storm water quality, minimizes the heat island effect and automatically adjusts temperature and lighting to fit the environment outside.

U Alberta Building Incorporates Sustainability Features

The university's Faculty of Engineering is now housed in the most energy-efficient building on campus and is on track to for LEED Gold certification. The new facility integrates many notable sustainable features including fan wall technology, chilled beam technology, motion-sensor lighting and low-flow fixtures. Future plans include installing a 60-kilowatt photovoltaic system.

Santa Fe CC Building Achieves LEED Platinum

The community college's Trades & Advanced Technology Center building boasts solar thermal and photovoltaic rooftop systems, concentrating solar hot water collectors, rainwater catchment for lavatory use, motion-sensing technology with LED lighting, all wood used is FSC-certified, zero use of refrigerants, and bicycle storage and parking spaces for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.

U Maryland Building Receives LEED and Green Globes Recognition

A new campus building that houses the Department of Building and Landscape Maintenance recently achieved LEED Silver certification and a rating of Three Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative rating system. This is the first University of Maryland building to receive dual recognition from both LEED and Green Globes.

Eastern Washington U Buliding Receives LEED Gold Certification

The university's largest academic building, Patterson Hall, now includes a new glass facade for natural lighting, low maintenance landscaping and low environmental impact materials.

U Alberta Contracts With Green Cleaning Partners

Aligning with the university’s Cleaning for a Healthy U program, the university’s Buildings and Grounds Services recently announced a new primary custodial services business contract, Avmor, Wesclean Equipment & Cleaning Supplies and BeeClean Building Maintenance, to provide environmentally friendly cleaning products and cleaning equipment.

U California Merced Class Helps Certify LEED Buildings

In partnership with the university's Engineering Service Learning course, students will document and certify the campus’ applications for the LEED operations and maintenance program rating system and provide students with the opportunity to take the LEED credentialing examination.

Shippensburg U to Complete New Cooling System

As part of a $30.2 million project to replace the university's outdated heating and cooling systems and reduce its impact on the environment, four new chillers are replacing 24 separate building units to provide more efficient cooling. The new system is anticipated to reduce the overall footprint by eight percent.

U Dayton Builds New Student Green Housing

Over the next two years, $17 million will build and upgrade student housing that will be certified under the National Association of Home Builders Green Building program, including building features such as additional insulation, energy-efficient furnaces and appliances, tankless water heaters and airtight windows.

Northwestern U to Implement Energy Efficient Lighting

After investing over $1.5 million since 2009 on updating lighting controls and adding occupancy sensors across campus, the next step of the university's energy savings initiative is to retrofit outdoor, athletic and theatrical lighting to LED.

Harvard U Building Receives LEED Platinum Certification

The university's Museum of Comparative Zoology was recently renovated to include lighting and temperature control systems, LED lighting and efficient plumbing fixtures.

Elon U Receives 25th LEED Certification

Located in central North Carolina situated on 620 acres, six buildings in the Global Neighborhood on campus recently received U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver certification. Five are residential and house a total of 600 students.

U District Columbia Completes Food-Producing Rooftop

The new 40,000-square-foot vegetated rooftop that produces food replicates the university's 143-acre research farm by using techniques from its sustainable agriculture certificate program. The rooftop also boasts a stormwater harvesting system to collect rainwater in two 500-gallon cisterns.

U Hawai'i Mānoa Plans for Net Zero Energy

The university continues to add occupied space and decrease energy usage through a focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and evaluating the natural qualities of a piece of land when assessing building design.

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.

Heriot-Watt U Malaysia Opens Green Campus

(Malaysia): The new campus features a green roof, daylighting, a rainwater harvesting system, and an energy-efficient thermal control system.

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.