Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 57.92
Liaison Keisha Payson
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
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Bowdoin College
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.92 / 3.00 Keisha Payson
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Mgmt
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Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations?:
Yes or No
LEED or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) Yes
The DGNB system, Green Star, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM, CASBEE, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
The Living Building Challenge No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list of certified buildings and ratings:

52 Harpswell Road and 216 Maine Street - both certified under USGBC LEED,


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
74,723 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 13,920 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 14,959 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 Square Feet

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Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
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Floor area of building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
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Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations:
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Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
7,715 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
Dec. 14, 2009

A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

Bowdoin College has had a long standing commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship; concentrating on issues such as waste reduction, recycling, environmentally preferable purchasing, and energy conservation. One of the fastest growing sectors in the sustainability movement has been within the architecture and building trades. Emphasis has been placed on sustainable site location, water efficiency, energy conservation, indoor air quality and using materials that are either harvested sustainably or made from recyclable materials. As can been seen in Appendix A, Bowdoin had been incorporating sustainable design features into all of its new building projects since 2000, including the construction of Osher and West residence halls, Sidney J. Watson Arena, and The Peter Buck Center for Health & Fitness which have qualified for certification under the LEED™ process.
Bowdoin is publishing these guidelines to provide architects and contractors with a framework for helping us reach our goal of building efficient and environmentally friendly buildings that enhance the well being of the people that live and work in them. These guidelines continue to be a work in progress. They are intended to serve as both a communication and working tool that aids in planning, design, and construction of renovation projects with an appropriate level of attention to economic and environmental concerns. We welcome your ideas, innovation and input to help strengthen the document and make the sustainable design process as clear and efficient as possible.


A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with green building design and construction guidelines and policies:

Adhering to Bowdoin’s sustainability principles, the college incorporates the LEED process into all new buildings with a strong focus on reducing energy use. With a goal to be carbon neutral by 2020, we realize any building renovation or new building project is an opportunity to help us reduce our long-term carbon footprint. Scroll through the building slide show (link provided below) and click on the individual building photos to pull up documentation on how Bowdoin has incorporated sustainable design principles into various campus building projects.


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or green building design and construction guidelines or policies is available:

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