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As a signatory to the Presidents' Climate Commitment, the University has adopted sustainable construction techniques for new projects. The University has committed to a goal that all new campus construction meet a minimum of LEED® Silver standards. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System as a nationally recognized standard for environmentally friendly buildings. Weinstein Hall for the Social Sciences, built in 2003, was the first building on campus to become LEED certified.

In recent years, all of the University's new construction has been LEED certified, and major renovations have focused on sustainable design strategies. To uphold this commitment, the Associate Vice President for Facilities, Andrew McBride, and the Director of Design and Construction, Chuck Rogers, have attained the status of LEED Accredited Professional. McBride authored a chapter on Sustainable Design and Construction which was published in the Body of Knowledge book for APPA. The University's Sustainability Manager is a LEED Accredited Professional for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance.

Case studies are completed for each newly certified building and include information about the specific environmentally friendly features in each project. Use the Green Building Information Gateway to see how these buildings compare to other LEED projects. The following buildings were constructed to LEED standards and are, or are applying to be, LEED certified:

The following buildings were constructed to LEED standards and are applying to be LEED certified:

  • Freeman Hall renovation
  • Queally Hall in Robins School of Business 
  • Queally Center
  • Student Activities Center
  • Westhampton Center

For more information on campus architecture and sustainability, contact Associate Vice President for Facilities Andrew McBride at amcbride@richmond.edu or (804) 289-8600.

What is green building?

Watch this video from the U.S. Green Building Council for a better understanding of what makes a green building green. 

Climate Action Plan

President Edward Ayers signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007, committing to measuring the University’s carbon footprint, developing a collaborative plan to reach climate neutrality, and integrating sustainability into the learning experience. The Climate Action Plan sets 2050 as the target date for neutrality, with an interim target of a 30 percent reduction by 2020.