Planning for Higher Education Journal

Planning for Environmental Sustainability

Learning from LEED and the USGBC
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From Volume 41 Number 1 | October–December 2012
By Shannon Chance
Planning Types: Campus Planning

The LEED® Green Building Rating system was designed to transform the American building industry. Colleges and universities have become important contributors to the green movement, and today higher education represents one of LEED’s largest user groups. This article investigates the popularity of LEED in higher education—probing strengths, weaknesses, and issues of cost—and identifies trends in universities’ use of the rating system. The article also identifies trends in campus construction and discusses planning practices that can help university administrators who seek to foster transformational change and organizational learning. The article concludes with recommendations for improving LEED and the way institutions use it.

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