By Ceillie Keane
The certification was awarded by the United States Green Building Council for the building’s environmentally-friendly features and energy efficiency.
This certification was based on certain categories, including: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.
The Wold Center received a total of 42 out of the possible 69 points. These included points for low-emitting carpets and paints, the use of regional materials and a 30 percent water use reduction.
Chair of the Wold Steering Committee and economics professor J. Douglas Klein explains that the Wold building also received “points for using the building as a teaching tool.”
The room for the U-Sustain Committee creates a space for green-related initiatives and activities. The interactive system on the first floor of the building displays live-time measurements of both energy use and energy production.
According to Klein, this certification “was a goal in the initial planning stages” of the building. Because it was always a part of the process, this certification influenced the aspects of the building.
Klein hopes that by the end of the term the official “gold-plated plaque” announcing the certification will arrive and take its place on the walls of the now LEED Gold-certified Wold Center.