Cornell LEED Platinum Building Stands Tall in National Report

The top 10 state rankings for LEED building certification are out, and the Human Ecology Building is noted as a stand out for #7 New York...

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By Elissa Cook

The U.S. Green Buildings Council just recently released an official ranking of the top states for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification in 2012. The Council ranked states by square footage certified per state resident, and New York State came in seventh! Securing a spot on the list is a remarkable achievement that Cornell University was honored to contribute to through the completion of the Human Ecology Building in September 2012. The Human Ecology Building received the highest certification of LEED Platinum. The building's green roof and "daylight harvesting" glass facade make the structure both beautiful and well integrated into the surrounding natural environment.

The Human Ecology Building or HEB was just one of 214 projects certified across the state and 1,908 total projects across the nation. HEB is the ninth building to receive a LEED rating on campus, and many more are sure to come. On January 24th, Syracuse's The Post-Standard gave Cornell's HEB a "shout out" as a notable LEED certification for New York state in 2012. Cornell's involvement in the green building movement is extremely exciting and further demonstrates the university's commitment to sustainability.

To read more about the success of Cornell's HEB and New York State in the U.S. rankings or to find out if your home state made the cut, see the left-hand sidebar links!

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