Cornell University has 13 Gold and 4 Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings
The President’s Sustainable Campus Committee Building Focus Team supports collaboration between academic communities, faculty, staff, students and the community.
As Cornell works towards becoming an increasingly green campus, each aspect of maintaining current facilities as well as planning for new construction is approached with sustainability in mind. This includes the siting of new buildings, their construction, building materials, maintenance and any other aspects that can be approached sustainably.
The construction of recent buildings on campus and all plans for future construction and renovations will follow the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) rating system, furthering the University’s efforts to create a green campus for our students, faculty and staff as well as supporting the University’s commitment to the environment. In 2008 Cornell’s Board of Trustees voted that all building projects exceeding $5 million must achieve the Silver LEED Standard, as well as achieve 30% energy savings compared to ASHRAE’s 90.1 baseline, which is the national standard for energy efficient buildings.