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Report Card 2007

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Green Building


The Green Building category looks at the policies and practices of schools’ adoption and use of high-performance green building design. This includes the adoption of campus-wide green building policies or guidelines, and the incorporation of green building design features into retrofits of existing buildings. Points are also awarded for participating in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program.


Leading by Example

The Green Building "A" List is a group of 22 schools that earned "A" grades. Below is a sample of three very different institutions that all earned "A" grades. These summaries are based on data from each school’s profile page.


Carnegie Mellon University ’s building policy requires that all new buildings and renovations be LEED Silver-certified at a minimum. Three buildings have attained LEED Silver certification and four renovations will soon be Silver-certified. One building has a LEED Gold rating. The University was a pilot partner in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lab21 program for green design in laboratory facilities, and four campus buildings have had green roofs installed.


Emory University  has committed to certifying all building under the LEED guidelines and the current goal is for all construction to seek Gold certification. The Goizueta Business School was the first LEED-Existing Building Gold-certified building on a university campus. The University has four other LEED-New Construction certified buildings for a total of 1.1 million square feet that has been or is in the process of acquiring LEED certification. As a result, Emory currently has one of the highest numbers of certified green buildings of any campus in the country.


The University of Illinois  has stated that all new construction and major renovation projects greater than $1 million will use the LEED rating system as a guideline for integrated sustainable design. All projects will be considered for pursuing LEED certification. LEED-accredited professionals are on staff with the facilities and services department. The Springfield campus is requiring that all new building meet LEED Silver certification and the University’s Business Instructional Facility at the Urbana campus is on track to be the first major Urbana building to be LEED-certified, setting an ambitious precedent with an expected Gold certification.



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