Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 38.05
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date June 2, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Western Kentucky University
OP-1: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.63 / 7.00 Christian Ryan-Downing
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Total building space that meets "Eligible Buildings Criteria":
3,413,393 Gross Square Feet

Building space that is maintained in accordance with sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies but is NOT certified under LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M:
3,413,393 Gross Square Feet

Building space that is LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Certified :
0 Gross Square Feet

Building space that is LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Silver certified :
0 Gross Square Feet

Building space that is LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Gold certified :
0 Gross Square Feet

Building space that is LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Platinum certified :
0 Gross Square Feet

The website URL where a copy of the institution's guidelines or policies for sustainable building operations and maintenance is available :
An electronic copy of the guidelines or policies:
The date(s) the policies or guidelines were adopted:
March, 2009

A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with sustainable building operation and maintenance guidelines and policies:

The WKU Energy Policy, adopted in 2009, commits to LEED standards for all new construction and renovation. It also outlines policy for energy efficiency and conservation in existing buildings, including temperature setbacks, Energy Star for electronics and appliances, and conservation strategies for building occupants.
A Stormwater Quality Management plan supports efforts to minimize impacts on surrounding site, as does a Tree Care Management Plan that protects trees.
New water efficient plumbing fixtures recently installed in all campus buildings, and "smart" irrigation system and rainwater collection cisterns support conservation in water consumption.
The Indoor Air Quality program supports indoor environmental quality, as does our use of low VOC paints and finishes and green cleaning supplies.
While we make effort to use environmentally preferable materials, such as recycled content materials, low VOC paints and Green Seal certified cleaning products, these are not necessarily policies but informal guidelines and commitments adopted by the associated departments (custodial services, for example, has committed to using green cleaning supplies when available).


WKU has just built its first building for we will pursue LEED certification. The building became occupied in January 2011 so will not be included in this reporting period.

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