Harvard University Receives 50th LEED Certification

Harvard University is known for forward thinking, especially where the environment is concerned.  Earlier this week the ivy league university was recognized by The Princeton Review as a leader in green innovation. Hailed as one of the “greenest” universities in North America, Harvard received a place on the 2012 Green Rating Honor Roll in addition to reaching the green innovation milestone of having produced 50 LEED certified projects.

Earlier this month the U.S. Green Building Council, in partnership with Harvard University, announced publically announced that Harvard’s campus had achieved 50 LEED certified projects. Included in these projects is more than 1.5 million square feet of usable space which includes labs, dorms, and libraries, among other things.  Even more impressive is the fact that six of the fifty projects achieved LEED Platinum certification – the highest LEED certification available under the USGBC’s LEED Rating System.

Harvard University has no plans of slowing down its eco-friendly construction.   An additional 3 million square feet of space at the university’s sprawling campus is currently under LEED-certified construction.  In total, in excess of 90 Harvard construction projects have some degree of LEED certification.

A recent press release by the U.S. Green Building Council states that “energy models suggest that the 14 LEED new construction projects have delivered more than $1.5 million in energy savings annually and a reduction of more than 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCDE) annually, which equates to an average reduction of 34 percent below industry energy standards.”

The LEED projects have been made possible thanks to the tireless effort and support of Harvard staff, many of whom helped the University become a world-class leader in sustainable building practices. Building materials are streamlined for efficiency and highly recyclable, like steel.

 “As a university, we have a special responsibility to confront the challenges of climate change not only through academic research but by transforming the way we operate our campus,” Harvard University president David Faust told the Harvard Gazette.

Harvard Data Knowledge Center. Image Credit: Harvard University.

Click here to learn more about Harvard’s sustainable building practices.


1 Response to “Harvard University Receives 50th LEED Certification”

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