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Sustainable Design (LEED)

What is Sustainable Design?

The intention of sustainable design is to "eliminate negative environmental impact completely through skillful, sensitive design."

Principles of Sustainable Design

  • Low-impact materials: choose non-toxic, sustainability produced or recycled materials which require little energy to process.
  • Energy efficiency: use manufacturing processes and produce products which require less energy
  • Quality and durability: longer-lasting and better-functioning products will have to be replaced less frequently, reducing the impacts of producing replacements.
  • Design for reuse and recycling: "Products, processes, and systems should be designed for performance in a commercial 'afterlife'."

LEED Certified Building on Campus

What is LEED?

The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.

Which Building's?

  • Public Safety Building completed March 2011 received LEED Gold Certification.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Building completed May 2011 received LEED Silver Certification.
  • University Student Union completed January 2014 received LEED Gold Certification.
  • Student Health and Counseling completed October 2014 is projected to receive LEED Gold.

For more information about these building and other buildings on campus please visit our Planning Design & Construction webpage.

For more information about LEED Building or Sustainable Design.