LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the best-known and most widely implemented program for improving building operating efficiency. Created and administered by the US Green Building Council, LEED addresses the entire building lifecycle and encourages use of best-in-class building strategies. Specific areas of LEED focus include sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
When Syracuse University signed the American Colleges and Universities Presidents Climate Commitment, the University committed to meeting LEED standards for new buildings and renovations exceeding $10,000,000. Over the past several years, Campus Planning, Design, and Construction has led the University’s efforts to receive LEED certification for numerous University projects.
LEED transforms the way we think about building and community design, construction, maintenance and operation around the globe. LEED-recognized buildings undergo third-party verification of green building features. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. You can easily learn more about LEED and the several different LEED rating systems.
Note that our campus is home to a U.S. Green Building Council Student Group. It is a committed group of students interested in LEED accreditation, green infrastructure and personal positive impacts to improve our world. For more information about SU USGBC Students, visit its Twitter page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.