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New Construction

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.