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 in new building construction and building renovation projects.
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:
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 Conway Hall, Teacher Education and Technology Center, the first commercial building on the Eastern Shore to achieve the designation. Since 2009, Salisbury University has a policy of seeking LEED Silver or better for new construction and major renovation projects (PDF). In 2011, SU received its first LEED Gold certification, for the renovation of Pocomoke Hall.
In 2016, SU completed construction of the Guerrieri Academic Commons, which serves as the new home for the library, student services, Nabb Research Center, IT Help Desk, classrooms, study space, and more. The building was awarded LEED Gold designation and was also the recipient of the prestigious USGBC Wintergreen Award for excellence in green building in the education category.
Students, faculty, staff and the general public should contact Wayne Shelton (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange for a guided sustainability tour. Tours includes an in-depth review of Guerrieri Academic Commons, 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.