Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.76
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date July 29, 2011
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.0

Pennsylvania State University
OP-2: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.28 / 4.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering Services
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New building space that meets "Eligible Buildings Criteria":
272,875 Square Feet

New building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but not LEED certified:
0 Square Feet

New building space that is LEED Certified :
117,387 Square Feet

New building space that is LEED Silver certified:
155,488 Square Feet

New building space that is LEED Gold certified :
0 Square Feet

New building space that is LEED Platinum certified:
0 Square Feet

The website URL where a copy of the institution's guidelines or policies for green building is available :
An electronic copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date(s) the policies or guidelines were adopted:
LEED Policy adopted in 2005, with updated guidelines in 2011

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

Penn State uses LEED as a tool to ensure green principles are applied to all new construction and major renovation. Specific requirements are outlined in the Design Standards. Penn State's LEED Policy customizes the LEED process by prioritizing the implementaion of sustainable elements that are most important to the University. The Office of Physical Plant (OPP) oversees and coordinates the design and construction of all new construction, renovation and major maintenance projects for the University Park Campus. OPP has 14 LEED Accredited Professionals and 3 LEED Green Associates. Compliance is ensured through the design and construction process led by LEED professionals and design review by LEED professionals in Engineering Services. The LEED certification process itself provides third-party verfication that the building was built using green strategies.


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