U.S. Campus Construction Must Follow LEED Standards

It would seem that change is sweeping the field of design in education. Not only are Architecture 2030 and the NY Academy of Sciences collaborating on a teach-in to further the cause of including green design into college curricula across the continent, but there's news that in an effort to address climate change the Association for the Advancement of Sustainabliity in Higher Education (AASHE) has passed a new policy for green campus construction, stipulating that all new U.S. campus construction must be built in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Standard. As president and CEO of USGBC Rick Fedrizzi puts it, "Not only are green schools and campuses good for the environment, they are also good for the students and faculty who inhabit the building," and he goes on to say that "It is a momentous step for America's higher education community, a $300 billion industry, to recognize its impact on the environment, and make a public commitment to addressing climate change." In addition, at least 200 college and university presidents are expected to sign on to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment by June, with 1,000 by December of 2009. They'll be pledging to ensure that their campuses work to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions over time as they seek to provide a firm foundation for their students' future not just educationally, but environmentally as well. Let's hope they take it seriously enough to ultimately fulfill the promise of their pledges today. Via ::interior design

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