LEED is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building. LEED certification ensures electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and healthier environments where people live, work, learn, play and worship. In the United States alone, buildings account for almost 40% of national CO2 emissions, but LEED-certified buildings have 34% lower CO2 emissions, consume 25% less energy and 11% less water, and have diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills.
Chapin Hall – Designed to LEED Silver® specifications in 2005, but did not complete the certification process.
Student Recreation Center – Designed to LEED Silver® specifications in 2002, but did not complete the certification process.
Green Cleaning in Our Buildings
Part of green building is the maintenance that occurs after the building has been built/renovated. To that end, University Facilities establishes official green cleaning policies for each of our LEED buildings. This involves purchasing paper products that are made out of recycled materials and certified green cleaning supplies. In fact, 80% of all cleaning products used on the campus are green cleaning supplies including glass cleaners, all purpose cleaners, neutral disinfectant floor cleaner, floor stripper, floor wax, and carpet shampoo. These products are used in all of our buildings, not just those with a LEED certification.
Green cleaning is healthier!
Many cleaning products contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which can negatively affect indoor air quality and the health of building occupants. Certified green cleaning products contain low amounts of, or no, VOCs. That means we’re keeping the buildings clean and helping you stay healthy!