Florida becoming a greener campus

The University of Florida, known for its orange and blue colors, is quickly becoming green.

The school is adding its 75th LEED-certified campus building with an addition to the Career Resource Center and Weil Hall, reports TV station WUFT.

LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” and is the largest green building rating system in the world. The certification provides a framework to create environmentally-friendly design and features to any building, whether commercial or residential.

Dustin Stephany, the sustainable building coordinator at UF, said that the university has been working on certified LEED projects for the past 15 years, with a total of 73 buildings on campus having these requirements. UF has the third most certifications for a university, officials said.

These buildings have certain design elements to them such as saving energy, using less water and waste and being more cost-effective, according to the website.

The LEED program at UF was voted number one in the country in 2010, according to the Office of Sustainability. The UF campus has three platinum, 27 gold, 12 silver, 14 certified and 18 registered LEED buildings, as of April 2014, totaling 74 LEED buildings on campus.


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