Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.73
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.0

American University
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Chris O'Brien
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

LEED Volume Pilot

Since late 2006 American University has been working collaboratively with the U.S. Green Building Council as one of eight universities participating in the LEED Volume Certification pilot program. A goal of the pilot is to identify opportunities to streamline the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process for multiple campus buildings and develop a strategy for organizations to implement green building strategies at a campus-scale.

This pilot is innovative in that it is designed to dramatically advance the use of green building concepts by streamlining the administrative processes for planning, implementing and reporting LEED green building practices. The university has committed to certifying 30 campus buildings for LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification (LEED EB:O&M) and is actively working towards their goal of transforming these facilities into sustainable high performance learning spaces.

By participating in this pilot, not only is American University greening its own existing buildings, but the university is helping to create new approaches to greening existing buildings that will benefit other organizations around the world.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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