The Planning & Projects department's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a building design framework that guides all buildings towards high performance while being environmentally friendly during all stages of construction. LEED makes sure that the buildings are certified to show that that they are aligned with the University's mission to be green. In order to be certified, there are five metrics to consider while planning:  Energy efficiency, water savings, sustainable site development, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Buildings are LEED certified by an  independent, third-party and are given one of four levels of certification based on the five metrics.

Some of the benefits with LEED-certified buildings are:

  • Lower operating costs
  • Reduction of waste
  • Conservation of energy and water
  • Healthier and safer for occupants
  • Reduction of harmful greenhouse gas emissions
  • Qualification for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives

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