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Green Building

This list of Green Building Leaders is comprised of the schools that earned "A" grades in this category. Below is a list of 10 very different institutions that all qualified for the list. These summaries are based on data from each school's profile page.

 

The  University of Alabama has a green building policy emphasizing LEED design principles. Five buildings on campus meet LEED criteria, and four residence halls are Energy Star labeled. The university has installed building water metering, water-efficient laundry technology, and leak detection and reduction systems throughout campus. Porous pavement, retention ponds, and vegetated swales are utilized to manage stormwater.

 

All new buildings at  Baylor University are built to obtain LEED certification. The campus includes three LEED-certified buildings, and five additional buildings meet LEED-EB criteria. The university meters water use in 95 percent of buildings, has installed low-flow faucets and showerheads, and uses non-automated, weather-informed irrigation.

 

Drexel University  designs toward LEED Silver standards; however, new construction is registered and rated using the Green Globes rating system. Since 2000, nine existing spaces have been repurposed for alternative use. To conserve water, the campus features low-flow fixtures in all buildings, weather-informed irrigation, among other technologies. Green roofs, porous pavement, and rainwater collection for toilet flushing prevents stormwater runoff.

 

The  University of Florida requires that all new construction projects and major renovations meet LEED Gold criteria. There are eighteen LEED-certified buildings on campus, as well as two Silver, five Gold, and one Platinum. Low-flow showerheads, faucets, and waterless urinals have been installed in campus buildings, and water consumption on campus has decreased by 24 percent since 2005 despite an increase in the size of the student body.

 

At Harvey Mudd College , all new buildings on campus must meet LEED Silver criteria, and the campus currently includes two LEED-certified buildings. In order to reduce water use, the college has implemented several conservation measures, including building water metering, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and waterless urinals. Half of all construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills.

 

Iowa State University ’s campus policy targets LEED Gold certification for all new construction and major renovations. There are two LEED-certified buildings on campus, and an additional seven buildings pursuing LEED certification. Iowa State diverts 75 percent of construction waste from landfills and has repurposed two unoccupied buildings for alternative use.

 

Kalamazoo College  has developed a green building policy mandating specific energy efficiency standards for all new construction and major renovations. The Hicks Student Center is LEED Silver certified, and the Upjohn Library Commons meets LEED criteria. To reduce water use, the college has installed building water metering, efficient laundry technology, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and weather-informed irrigation systems.

 

The  University of Washington has 11 LEED-certified buildings. Almost all urinals are ultra-low-flow models, and the university uses laundry monitoring systems in all buildings, contributing to a 25 percent reduction in per capita water use since 2005. The Bothell campus uses vermicompost tea for fertilizer and controls weeds using goats, mechanical removal, and mulching.

 

Vanderbilt University  has two LEED Certified, five LEED Silver, and four LEED Gold buildings on campus and plans to build all future academic buildings to LEED standards. The university has reduced its per capita water use by 50 percent since 2005. Exclusively green cleaning products are used on campus.

 

All new construction projects that exceed 5,000 square feet at  Virginia Commonwealth University must meet or surpass LEED Silver certification criteria. There are 11 buildings on campus that meet LEED standards, comprising 14 percent of campus building square footage. Water-saving technologies installed on campus include low-flow showers, dual-flush toilets, and waterless urinals.

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