Green buildings are structures designed and constructed in a manner to reduce its impact on the environment and public health by efficient utilization of resources. These goals are achieved by incorporating efficient use of water and energy resources; sustainable waste management practices and simultaneously protects occupant’s health and maintains their productivity.
Montclair State University has one of their buildings (University Hall) that is Green Building Certified under LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design). The following is a list of some of the strategies used for LEED Recognition in the New Academic Building: Protect or Restore Open Space Stormwater Management, featuring filtration systems Reduce Heat Island, Trees and pavement selections Light Pollution Reduction Water efficient Landscaping, drought resistant plants, Water Use Reduction, plumbing fixture selections including waterless urinals. Collection of Recycling, built in casework Construction Waste Management, divert +50% Recycled content in steel, concrete, aluminum, gypsum board, ceiling tile, carpet. Local and Regional Materials, <20% Local materials (documented) Certified Wood, specified >50% FSC certified wood, Improved Indoor Air Quality, Carbon Dioxide monitoring, multiple sensors throughout the building. Low emitting materials, adhesives, paint, carpet, composite wood furniture – Green guard certified and recycled content.
Awards and Certificates we have earned:
- 2011 Certificate of Avoided GHG Emissions
- University Hall LEED Certification
- Mallory Hall Interpretive Walk Award
- Environmental Stewardship Award
- Composter Award
- State-of-the-Art Gas-Fired Electric Generation
MSU will soon have an additional 3 Green Buildings that will be LEED Certified:
- John J. Cali School of Music Department Building
- New School of Business Building
- Recreational Center
For more information: U.S. Green Building Council