American Studies

Building & Grounds

Emissions associated with building, maintaining, and operating campus buildings over their lifecycle represent a large portion of institutional greenhouse gas emissions. Actions that institutions can take to reduce and eventually eliminate these emissions include:

  • foresighted campus planning to minimize the physical footprint of campus facilities
  • meeting or exceeding the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent for new construction
  • meeting or exceeding the LEED Silver standard or equivalent for facility renovation projects
  • meeting or exceeding the LEED Existing Building Silver standard for campus facilities.
  • progressively raising the bar for building performance, conducting research, and experimenting with zero-emissions, net-energy producing buildings
  • promoting education for sustainable design and engaging students to work on projects on campus

Contact Information

Roseann Sillasen, SAGES Green Building Subcommittee Chair
(860) 685-3476