Since 2000, FP&C has achieved the following milestones:

  • LEED-certified buildings (totalling 79,107 GSF) including:

    • Rinker Hall—LEED Gold certified

    • McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity Research (butterfly museum)—certified

  • LEED-registered buildings in design and construction phase (totalling 1.1 million GSF) including:

    • Cancer and Genetics Research Center Pavilion

    • Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Institute

    • Shands Biomedical Research Laboratory

    • Nanoscale Institute Research Facility

    • Food Animal Veterinary Medicine Facility

    • Powell Structures and Materials Laboratory

    • Legal information and phase II law building

    • Library West addition and renovation

    • Baseball locker room facility

    • Mary Ann Cofrin-Harn Pavilion (museum)

    • Hub renovation (technology center)

We have enhanced the construction standards to incorporate LEED criteria and have raised the bar in delivering a healthy building environment. The unique and challenging aspect of the green buildings on our campus is that every building is different in size and function. Also, the university’s FP&C has taken the lead to work with Shands Hospital on their new hospital construction to bring the hospital component into sustainable design. The success of building green on campus has generated a ripple effect throughout the campus manifesting in a desire to look into other sustainable practices such as zero waste by 2015, reducing carbon emission, and green purchasing. These are a few of the new initiatives that the university president announced last October on Campus Sustainability Day.

The University of Florida is leading our state in the design and construction of green buildings. This has been made possible by the support of the university administration, the faculty senate, and the tremendous enthusiasm of the staff, faculty, and students.

Earlier green practices have played an important role in creating a sustainable campus including

  • converting campus-wide irrigation to use reclaimed water generated by the UF-run water reclamation facility that processes over 2 million gallons of

  • reclaimed water per day,

  • a mass transit system,

  • a no smoking policy,

  • maintaining over 300 acres of conservation land,

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