UMass Boston hall earns LEED gold status
The University of Massachusetts Boston is now home to two LEED Gold-certified buildings. University Hall has joined the Integrated Sciences Complex in receiving high marks for environmental responsibility.
The U.S. Green Building Council rates buildings according to LEED criteria (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a variety of environmental responsibility measures including use of energy efficient building design and materials, renewable energy sources and technologies, and recyclable and locally available materials. LEED-certified buildings use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There are four levels of LEED status: certified, silver, gold, and platinum.
UMass Boston has a strong track record of green efforts. In April, MassRIDES, MassCommute, and MassDOT gave UMass Boston a Pinnacle Award at the annual Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards. The Pinnacle Award is the highest honor given at the ceremony.
In 2015, UMass Boston received a Leading By Example Award from Governor Charlie Baker’s office, recognizing the university’s efforts to create a sustainable and energy-efficient campus. UMass Boston has also been recognized nationally, appearing in The Princeton Review’s Green Colleges Guide for the past seven years.