UNCG Campus Weekly

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UNCG Police Building, Spartan Village get LEED Silver

Photo of Lee Residence Hall with student crossing the streetSustainability efforts at UNCG have received more recognition.

The new UNCG Police Building and Spartan Village Phase 1 were both certified as LEED Silver this month. The university received the notification from the U.S. Green Building Council, which manages the LEED certification standards.

“UNCG has made tremendous strides in our efforts to become a more sustainable institution over the last six years,” said UNCG Sustainability Coordinator Trey McDonald. “Besides ensuring that new construction strives to meet the latest standards to reduce its environmental footprint, we have other ongoing efforts that involve every aspect of campus life.”

Sustainability has been one of the university’s key strategic initiatives since 2009, when trustees made it one of UNCG’s five core values. Traditionally sustainability has three dimensions: the environmental stewardship, social equity and economic responsibility. UNCG’s definition includes a fourth element, aesthetics, which takes into account the importance of integrating sustainability into the arts and using that as a way to influence behavior change.  In addition, aesthetics also relates to the beautification and preservation of the campus environment, which has been demonstrated the Grounds Division and their work to secure Tree Campus USA status six years running for UNCG.