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Green Building

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What is Green Building?

Vanderbilt has been building facilities with sustainable and green features for some time because it ensures environmentally-responsible and efficient buildings that will last for years. For example, the Student Life Center, Featheringill Hall, and Buttrick Hall each have “green” features such as atria and water-conserving bathroom fixtures.


What is LEED Certification?

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally- accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high- performance green buildings. Organizations must apply for the certification, which is recognized as proof that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work.  Vanderbilt University has a total of 19 LEED-Certified projects.


Gold: The Commons Center, Stambaugh House, Hank Ingram House, Murray House, Central Library , The Commons Center 3rd Floor Build-Out, VANTAGE Lab, Warren and Moore Colleges, Alumni Hall, Engineering and Science Building

Silver: Crawford House, Sutherland House, Gillette House, Benson Hall, Library Archives, VRWC Fieldhouse

Certified: Chef James Bistro, Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks

The Commons Center has an interactive, informational kiosk that provides details on the progressive design and construction features of The Commons Center and The Ingram Commons Residential Colleges. Resource-conserving elements of The Ingram Commons are described in the presentation, including information on sign design and construction, water conservation, energy conservation and energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and waste management.  A video/audio walking tour is also available for download for Mac and Windows-based mp3/iPod-type devices. This building tour will take you to highlighted LEED features around The Commons Center’s accessible areas. The walking tour lasts 20 to 25 minutes, so wear comfortable shoes! You can download the walking tour from the web-based presentation by clicking on the Building Tour menu.

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