RIT has achieved the pinnacle in recognition for sustainable construction and design. The new University Services Center has been certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, which represents that organization’s highest designation.
RIT’s University Services Center becomes the first building in Monroe County to receive platinum certification. It is also only the second facility at a college or university in New York to receive the designation.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, provides third-party verification that a building’s design incorporates strategies aimed at improving performance across specific categories that include sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.
Extensive measures were taken during the building’s construction to minimize environmental impact, including an erosion and sedimentation control plan. In addition, 89 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills and recycled. To limit the cost and environmental impact resulting from transportation, RIT acquired more than 20 percent of the materials and products necessary for the project from within a 500-mile radius.