UT is committed to conserving energy and resources throughout campus, and in March 2014 received LEED® Gold certification from U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for West Kennedy Hall. In September 2011, UT received LEED® Gold certification for its Science Annex, and LEED Silver certification for its Dickey Health and Wellness Center.
The expansion to the Thomas Garage, which is currently underway, has been designed with a goal of LEED certification as well.
What is LEED Certification?
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is an internationally recognized green building certification system that provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
Efforts and tools are aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most to a building and its occupants: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.