In addition to being the oldest institution of higher in the United States, Harvard University also recently became the first to achieve its 50th LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The distinction is for more than 1.5 million square feet of labs, dormitories, libraries, classrooms and offices. Another 3 million square feet of space is registered and in the process of pursing LEED Certification.
Part of Harvard University’s campus-wide goal is to reduce greehouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 2006 levels by the year 2016. In April, the school announced a 10 percent decline in the University’s overall greenhouse gas emissions from its 2006 baseline.
All totaled, Harvard has 90 green building projects that have received or are seeking LEED Certification. The 14 new LEED construction projects reportedly have been responsible for more than $1.5 million in energy savings annually and the reduction of 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Building Certification applies to the design, construction and operation of green buildings. There are nearly 40,000 commercial and inudstrial projects in the LEED rating system in the US and 120 countries. More than 11,000 residences have been LEED Certified and more than 52,000 have been registered.