Green at UConn
Green Building / LEED Certification Team
To continue to assist project leaders in pursuing LEED certification for all new construction and renovation projects under the Green Building Initiative.
University of Connecticut is committed to environmentally
responsible management and growth, as stated in our official
Environmental Policy Statement.
The University recognizes the environmental,
health and productivity benefits, as well as long-term
cost savings, inherent in sustainable design and construction
practices. For several years, UConn has been designing
and constructing buildings with features that reduce utility
costs by saving energy and conserving water.
is one of only a handful of universities across the country
to have articulated its vision for environmentally sustainable
development by adopting its own Sustainable Design Guidelines
(SDGs). Developed in 2003-04 as a collaborative effort
among staff, faculty and students serving on the University's
Building & Grounds Committee, Master Plan Advisory
Committee, and the EPAC Land Use & Sustainable Development
Subcommittee, these guidelines will apply to construction
projects throughout the next decade of the University's
capital improvement program (21st Century UConn). Our SDGs contain not only technical considerations, but
also a process that ensures integration of sustainable
thinking into planning, design and project delivery.
Most recently, UConn's vision of green building involves the incorporation of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED®, standards to select University capital improvement projects. The University has committed to pursue formal LEED certification for these projects, provided that it is not cost prohibitive. With this emphasis on technical and economic feasibility, UConn will carefully monitor and strive to contain any additional cost premiums associated with LEED certification, and will utilize life-cycle analysis to choose the most cost-effective strategies.
In March 2007, the University formally adopted a new Sustainable Design and Construction Policy, which pledges that
the University of Connecticut shall plan, design, construct, renovate and maintain sustainable, energy- and water-efficient buildings. All new construction projects will persue at least a LEED silver rating for projects estimated at greater than $5 million.
Progress to Date:
- The Burton Family Football Complex and Mark R. Shenkman Training Center is now listed as the first LEED registered complex in the NCAA. (To learn more about the Burton/Shenkman Facility and its sustainable design, please click on the link above.)
- A new Social Sciences building is in the design phase and will be used to replace Arjona and Monteith. The building will be located between Homer Babbidge Library and Hawley Armory and will house the Journalism, Modern and Classical Languages, Political Science, Economics, Linguistics, and Communications departments. UConn is attempting to achieve a silver LEED rating for this building and green features under consideration include but are not limited to:
- Low flow faucets and dual flush toilets
- Rain gardens
- Use of recycled materials
- Motion sensors
- Window glazing
- Compact fluorescent and solar lighting
- The University is continuing to research green building materials and practices as directed per project, including the Landfill Remediation Project, the North Hillside Rd. Extension, the Hilltop Apartments renovation, and the relocation of the tennis courts to North Campus.
- The Green Building Team and the Office of Environmental Policy have successfully coordinated with the UConn Foundation to create a Green Campus Fund to support green building efforts.
Click here to visit
the Sustainable Development Workgroup Webpage
Page last updated 11/19/08. MNR