On the Radio: UI exceeds expectations with green construction


Photo by marshlight, Flickr
Photo by marshlight, Flickr

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses the University of Iowa’s commitment to LEED certification.

The University of Iowa is keeping the environment in mind as it adds new buildings to campus.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Back in 2009, the University of Iowa committed itself to following LEED standards in the construction of new buildings. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an organization that rates construction projects based on their environmental impact and energy efficiency. The grades they give out, from highest to lowest, are LEED Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and LEED certified.

The university has exceeded expectations. Four UI buildings have received LEED gold awards. Additionally, UI’s Information Technology Facility received a LEED platinum award, making it one of only a few IT buildings on college campuses to obtain the platinum standard.

For more information on UI’s efforts, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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