Justifications for the university’s commitment to the LEED program include the following:

  • It supports the environmental mission.

  • It provides the framework to build high-performance buildings.

  • It provides third-party validation of the sustainability vision.

  • It makes good business sense (use life-cycle cost analysis, not first cost, to make decisions on equipment and building features).

  • It supports Emory’s desire to be leaders in sustainability initiatives and in stewardship of the environment.

Emory’s facility development program is an integral part of the overall sustainability initiative. The commitment to this initiative to date has not limited growth but has powerfully informed planning. Programmatically, all facilities will support healthy lifestyles, not only for the ill but also for the well who work or study at, or visit, the university. The general emphasis on health preservation will be guided by the Emory/Georgia Tech Institute for Predictive Health Care.

FRAMING THE PROCESS: INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE TO GREENING A CAMPUS: SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Bahar Armaghani, B.S., LEED AP


The University of Florida’s Facilities, Planning and Construction Division (FP&C) is committed to developing a sustainable campus and delivering sustainable buildings to the University of Florida (UF) in support of maximizing efficiency, productivity, and good health and comfort of the faculty, staff, and students.

The University of Florida was thinking green and testing green before green practices were even on the radar for most educational institutions. In the late 1990s, sustainable design and green building concepts were being tested on several new projects. In 2000, sustainable design elements were incorporated into the UF master plan and construction program documents. In 2001, FP&C adopted LEED criteria for design and construction of all major new construction and renovation projects. The UF faculty committees followed this effort with full endorsement. In 2005, FP&C raised the bar on this arena and established a minimum goal of silver LEED certification for all university projects.

The University of Florida has made significant strides toward the goal of being a leader in sustainable development and incorporated this into the UF fabric to serve the interest of the students, staff, faculty, our community, and the world. We were proactive in taking this posture and adopted LEED when it was at its infancy in support of building a healthy environment on campus.



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