Friday, August 22, 2014

George Washington University's Green Buildings

George Washington University is committed to building green. The school was the first in D.C. to sign the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, agreeing to reduce its total carbon footprint by 40 percent by 2025. The university also has four green roofs, eight LEED-certified buildings, with six more targeting certification.

As part of its 2007 Campus Plan, George Washington (GW) is committed to building to a minimum of LEED 'Silver' on all new projects. To date, GW has exceeded that commitment on all certified buildings and strives to meet and exceed sustainability standards on all future projects. GW is exceeding all of the LEED minimum requirements in energy and water efficiency.

LEED "Platinum" Certified Projects

Milken Institute School of Public Health

LEED 'Gold' Certified Projects

South Hall Residence
West Hall Residence and Campus Life Center
Charles E Smith Center
Lafayette Hall Residence
Ames Hall
Law Clinic Townhouses
Ross Hall (5th and 6th floor renovation) - Research Center for the Neglected Diseases of Poverty

Upcoming LEED Projects

Law Learning Center Garage - new construction
School of Public Health and Health Services - new construction
Science and Engineering Hall - new construction
GW Museum - new construction and renovation
VSTC Conservation Lab and Academic Incubation Facility - new construction
District House Residence Hall - new construction

Green Roof Projects

Ames Hall
Law Learning Center Garage
Upcoming Green Roof Projects
School of Public Health and Health Services
Science and Engineering Hall
District House Residence Hall


Water efficient landscaping by selecting native and adaptive plant species
Low flow plumbing fixtures
Storm water reclamation
Energy and Atmosphere


Purchase of green power wind RECs
Enhanced building commissioning and refrigerant management
Materials and Resources

Recycling and Waste

Collection and storage of recyclables
Construction waste management
Recycled content and regional materials

Indoor Environmental Air Quality

Low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants and carpet Thermal comfort design and verification survey

Innovation in Design

Exemplary performance in access to public transit
Exemplary performance in purchase of green power RECs
Green housekeeping
Green education program

Make sure to see the article titled, "Comprehensive Green School Information and Resources."
It contains links to over 200 articles covering everything you need to know about sustainable academics, student's eco-initiatives, green school buildings, and college rankings as well as a wide range of related information and resources.

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