LEED Silver status awarded to Center of the Sciences
Radford University’s Center for the Sciences has been granted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification, marking another achievement in the university's sustainability initiatives.
The building is home to the university’s Artis College of Science and Technology (ACSAT). The 114,000 square-foot facility opened in January 2016 to serve students interested in conducting original research with faculty and seeking to use 21st century research equipment and techniques.
“We are thrilled that the Center for the Sciences has achieved LEED Silver certification,” ACSAT Dean Orion Rogers said. “This designation confirms our college’s efforts in sustainability and demonstrates our commitment to conservation and to be good stewards of the Commonwealth’s resources.”
The LEED rating system is comprised of a number of credit categories, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources, indoor environment quality and innovation and design process.
LEED is a voluntary program that provides verification of green buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council. According to the USGBC, LEED-certified buildings lower operating costs, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, reduce waste sent to landfills, are healthier for occupants, and conserve energy and water.
In March, Bolling, Draper and Pocahontas were added to the list of Radford University residence halls that have received LEED Gold status. Those dormitories joined Madison, Jefferson and Moffett halls on the gold list.
Those buildings, combined with the Center for the Sciences, College of Humanities and Behavioral Science (CHBS) Building, the College of Business and Economics’ Kyle Hall, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, add up to 10 Radford University buildings to be granted either LEED gold or silver certification.
The CHBS Building achieved the status in 2017 and Kyle Hall in 2014. Moffett Hall was recognized in 2013. Madison and Jefferson were granted LEED Gold status following renovations completed in 2011.