Policies & Standards


All newly constructed or substantially renovated campus buildings must meet LEED silver certification requirements.
Examples: University Downtown Center, Science V, Engineering and Science Building, East Campus Housing
Contact: Sandy DeJohn, Utilities Manager, Physical Facilities

Reuse of Parking Lots (Climate Action Plan - pg. 29)
    -85,000+ Sq. Ft. transformed from formerly paved area into green space


Customized green construction certification system to cut costs of LEED or Energy Star inspection

System in place to detect and repair water leaks

Customized standards for diverting nonhazardous construction and demolition waste from landfills

Adaptive reuse construction projects to repurpose unused buildings and space


    -Nearly 95% of construction waste is diverted from traditional disposal
    -LEED Gold certified building and construction underway
    -Repurposed more than 900,000 Sq. Ft. of building space for alternative use
    -Five LEED Gold certified buildings    
    -Eight Energy Star labeled buildings
    -Green building policy tailored to Ithaca resources and grounds
    -High Performance Building Guidelines
    -Held workshop sponsored by NYSERDA on sustainable building design and construction
Contact: Robert Shibley, Senior Advisor to the President


U.S. Green Building Council- LEED Certification - explains importance and requirements for certification.

Energy Star Building Label - explains importance and requirements for the label.

College Sustainability Report Card Indicators - systems used to rate BU sustainability and determine shortcomings.