GVSU is a state LEEDer

June 21, 2009
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The U.S. Green Building Council recently granted Grand Valley State University the school’s second Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification for its new indoor turf building.

The university earned its first LEED Gold for the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon.

The university has captured or has certificates pending for 15 LEEDs.

In addition to the two LEED Gold designations, GVSU has two LEED Silver awards for the Lake Ontario Hall and the Green House on Watson Street. The John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering and the renovation of Mackinac Hall have been LEED certified.

The university has seven certifications pending. Among those are the Niemeyer Learning and Living Center, the Mackinac Hall expansion and the addition to the Kirkhof Center.

GVSU was the only Michigan school cited in the Kaplan College Guide 2009 list of “cutting-edge green” colleges and universities.

Grand Valley won a USGBC 2008 Recognition Award and the Sustainable Endowments Institute’s 2008 National Sustainability Innovator Award. In addition, the Mark A. Murray Living Center was the first university student housing unit in Michigan to be given an Energy Star designation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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