San Diego State University’s student union was declared one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world, university officials announced Friday.
The Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union achieved LEED Double Platinum status, joining a group of energy-efficient buildings with the recognition shared by fewer than two dozen facilities around the world.
LEED, short for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. The award was bestowed by the U.S. Green Building Council, officials said.
In order to qualify for certification, each project must follow strict LEED guidelines. SDSU was lauded for a long list of items including the university’s commitment to installing energy-efficient devices and materials, using water-saving equipment and providing an overall sustainable site.
“The Aztec Student Union’s LEED Double Platinum award is a testament to what can be accomplished when students, faculty and staff work together to create a more just and sustainable future,” said Shelah Ott, Green Love commissioner for Associated Students. “This recognition isn’t just about our university or its people, it’s about using our collective voice to make the world a more habitable place for generations to come.”
The student union, completed in 2014, features a “green roof” that helps reflect sunlight and heat away from the building, high-efficiency LED bulbs, solar panels that generate nearly 16 percent of the energy the student union uses and low-flow faucets and toilets that use 40 percent less water than what is outlined in the LEED baseline.
“SDSU is committed to providing its students, faculty and staff with a sustainable place to work and study,” Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs Tom McCarron said. “The energy-efficient upgrades and improvements in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union preserve natural resources and lower the running costs of the facility.”
Associated Students is on target to receive LEED certification for all of its facilities by 2020.
“LEED Double Platinum is a significant recognition of the hard work and student leadership of Associated Students,” said Stephanie Dathe, director of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.
“Our facility is now one of only a handful of buildings in the world that have achieved this level of environmental sustainability.”
— City News Service
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