The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by identifying performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Common LEED strategies on campus
- Water efficient landscaping
- Bicycle storage & changing rooms
- Preferred parking for low emission & fuel efficient vehicles
- Light pollution control
- Efficient water fixtures
- 30% average reduction for annual energy use
- Energy efficient lighting with control systems
- Enhanced refrigerant management
- Enhanced commissioning
- Regional, recycled content, and low-emitting materials
- Diversion of construction waste
- Air quality management during construction and before occupancy
- Indoor chemical & pollutant control
- High lighting and thermal comfort control
- Green cleaning policies
All major new construction projects will be designed with the intent to meet the LEED Green Building Rating System Silver Certification requirements:
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System® (LEED)
Developed by: United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
Public Launch Date: 2000 (Year buildings were first certified)
The LEED Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Members of the U.S. Green Building Council representing all segments of the building industry developed LEED and continue to contribute to its evolution.
LEED was created to:
- define "green building" by establishing a common standard of measurement
- promote integrated, whole-building design practices
- recognize environmental leadership in the building industry
- stimulate green competition
- raise consumer awareness of green building benefits
- transform the building market
What You Can Do
What You Can Do On Campus and at Home
- Set thermostats to 68° or below in winter and 75° or above in summer. (Avoid use of space heaters!)
- Use natural daylighting whenever possible.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or LEDs.
- Unplug electrical devices when not in use.