FROSTBURG, MD. – Frostburg State University’s renovated Lane University Center has been awarded LEED® Gold certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
“Obtaining LEED Gold status for the Lane Center renovation is very rewarding,” said John Brewer, FSU’s assistant director of facilities, who helped spearhead the certification efforts. “At Frostburg State University, we always try to be a regional leader in everything we do. It is no different when dealing with facilities. Having a LEED Gold building on our campus shows that we are leaders committed to the fight against climate change.”
“This is an important milestone in FSU’s ongoing sustainability efforts and our commitment to creating a more sustainable campus,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “I’m very grateful to FSU for seeing this process from start to finish by working with USGBC and GBCI.”
FSU’s Lane University Center achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies into its redesign. A number of green design and construction features were incorporated to positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
• A white reflective roof that doesn’t absorb heat, reducing the building temperatures in the summer months and reducing the use of air conditioning
• Native plants and shrubs, which require less water and do not require an irrigation system
• Low-flow toilets and faucets, to reduce water use
• Low VOC (volatile organic compound) materials such as paint, adhesives and sealants, which reduce harmful emissions
• Energy-efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems and green cleaning products and equipment
By using less energy and water, LEED-certified building save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
“With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. “As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, Frostburg State University’s Lane Center is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.”
U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.
Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39 percent of CO2 emissions, 40 percent of energy consumption, 13 percent of water consumption and 15 percent of GDP per year, making green buildings a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85 percent of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green buildings has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.
USGBC’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
USGBC was co-founded by Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the pre-eminent green building, membership, policy, standards, education and research organization in the nation. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.
Frostburg State University
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.