Buildings

Introduction

Buildings are generally the largest user of energy and the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions on campuses. Buildings also use significant amounts of potable water. Institutions can design, build, and maintain buildings in ways that provide a safe and healthy indoor environment for inhabitants while simultaneously mitigating the building’s impact on the outdoor environment.

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Student Services Building

  • The University of Texas at Dallas (TX)
  • Perkins+Will (NY)

The new LEED Platinum certified Student Services Building (SSB) serves as a "one-stop-shop" destination for all student service activities offering 14 departments under one roof. The building design improves the ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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EcoDorm

  • Warren Wilson College (NC)

EcoDorm is a living laboratory of sustainability. It was designed by a committee of students, staff, and faculty- with guidance from an outside architect- who researched and evaluated environmental, social ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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The Bagley Classroom: Supporting environmental and outdoor learning at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)
  • Salmela Architect (MN)

The Bagley Classroom supports learning in a 55-acre natural preserve within the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. The Bagley Nature Area has taught and inspired students about the natural environment ...

  • Posted June 23, 2011
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Applied Research and Development Building

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Northern Arizona University's Applied Research and Development building is a LEED Platinum building that is home to a wide range of research organizations and stakeholders both from NAU and ...

  • Posted June 23, 2011
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1702 - green dorm project

  • Pratt Institute (NY)

The Living Lab 1702 project began in Spring 2009 as an interdisciplinary studio course focused on sustainability. The goal: to challenge the students understanding of green design in order to ...

  • Posted June 21, 2011
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Berndt Hall Reconstruction for Biology

  • Fort Lewis College (CO)

Berndt Hall Reconstruction for Biology removed the middle of an existing 1-story section of the Berndt Hall building and replaced it with a basement, main level, and second floor with ...

  • Posted June 15, 2011
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Development of a Budget Neutral Comprehensive Green and Deferred Maintenance Program at the University of Central Missouri

  • University of Central Missouri (MO)
  • Trane (TX)

In 2007, Dr. Betty Roberts, VP for Administration and Finance, began seeking opportunities to save money on rising energy bills while addressing much-needed building and infrastructure improvements. After extensive research ...


Achieving GHG Reductions of 30% or More Through Facilities Asset Management At the Harvard School of Public Health

  • Harvard University (MA)

Harvard School of Public Health (HPSH) has an innovative approach to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and sustainability based on integrated facilities asset management. This program enables HSPH to holistically manage ...


Safely Achievable Reductions in Exhaust Fan Energy for Laboratory Buildings at UC Irvine

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

Generally accepted engineering practices use 3500 fpm flow rates for laboratory exhaust stack design. Due to the variable nature of exhaust flow from laboratories, and the need for constant air ...


Building a Green Data Center at Syracuse University

  • Syracuse University (NY)

Syracuse University, in partnership with IBM and New York State, built a Green Data Center (GDC) last year which is designed to use about 50 percent less energy than a ...

  • Posted June 30, 2010
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Planet Blue: Saving Energy, Saving Money and Saving the Planet at the University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan (MI)

The Planet Blue program was developed as part of the University of Michigan's 6-point Environmental and Energy Initiative to help reduce energy consumption on the Ann Arbor campus in ...

  • Posted June 28, 2010
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Installing Occupancy Sensors at Missouri State University Residence Life and Services

  • Missouri State University (MO)

Residence Life and Services at Missouri State University received a grant from City Utilities of Springfield, MO to install occupancy sensors on all lights in community and public restrooms, common ...

  • Posted June 17, 2010
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Holiday Energy Turn Down

  • Emory University (GA)

During the 2009-2010 Winter Holiday break Emory University conducted a campaign to reduce energy consumption by turning down the HVAC for a total of six days in 15 buildings. These ...

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Buildings Partners

Legrand North America, LLC

Carlsbad, CA
Business Leader
Legrand Building Control Systems provides digital lighting controls, shading and remote services.

7 Rivers Recycling

Onalaska, WI
Business Affiliate
7 Rivers Recycling (7RR) is a triple-bottom-line business that recycles mattresses through manual deconstruction.

Brightworks Sustainability

Portland, OR
Business Affiliate

Center for Resource Solutions | Green-e

San Francisco, CA
Business Affiliate
Green-e® is the only certification for renewable energy and carbon offsets accepted by AASHE STARS, setting quality standards and ensuring purchasers receive full environmental benefits.

Ecomedes

San Francisco, CA
Business Affiliate
Save money, watts and water for your buildings with the world's largest sustainable product catalog!

FXCollaborative

New York, NY
Business Affiliate

GreenerU

Watertown, MA
Business Affiliate

GridMarket

New York, NY
Business Affiliate
GridMarket is an energy consumer advocate and Distributed Energy Resources project facilitation platform.

Max-R

Sussex, WI
Business Affiliate
Max-R is the innovator of the customized waste and recycling bin.

Miller Hull Partnership

Seattle, WA
Business Affiliate

The University Financing Foundation, Inc.

Marietta, GA
Business Affiliate