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Sustainability @ SU

Green Buildings

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Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system with third-party verification that a building was designed and built with consideration given to energy savings, water efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, stewardship of resources and improved indoor environmental quality.

LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is intended to provide building owners and operators with a framework for implementing green building design, construction, and operation features (PDF) in new building construction and building renovation projects.

LEED LogoPoint System

There are 100 possible base points plus an additional 6 points for "Innovation in Design" and 4 points for "Regional Priority". Buildings can qualify for four levels of certification:

  • Certified: 40 - 49 points
  • Silver: 50 - 59 points
  • Gold: 60 - 79 points
  • Platinum: 80 points and above

Points are distributed across major credit categories such as Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Pre-requisites in each category receive no points and are mandatory for all projects.

In 2009, Salisbury University earned a Silver designation for its first LEED certification for the Teacher Education and Technology Center (TETC), opened in 2008. The TETC was the first LEED certified commercial building on the Eastern Shore. Since 2009, Salisbury University has a policy of LEED Silver as the minimum for new construction and major renovation projects (PDF).

In 2011, SU received its first LEED Gold certification, for the renovation of Pocomoke Hall. That same year, Sea Gull Square received LEED Silver certification

Guided Tour

Students, faculty, staff and the general public should contact Wayne Shelton ( to arrange for a guided sustainability tour.  Tours includes an in-depth review of Chester Hall, Choptank Hall and Nanticoke Hall major renovation process and green features. Click here for a PDF list of the waypoints for the full campus tour. 

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