The Energy Information Administration cites that in the United States our buildings account for 40% of our total energy usage and 39% of our carbon dioxide emissions. St. Lawrence’s greenhouse gas inventory reveals that over 80% of the campus’ emissions are a direct result of building heat and electricity usage.
In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of buildings at St. Lawrence the University has begun to integrate green building practices into new construction and building retrofits.
The University’s first experience with the comfort and environmental sustainability of green buildings came in 2004 with the completion of the Wachtmeister Field Station. In 2007 the Johnson Hall of Science, the first LEED Gold Certified Science Building in New York, began operation on our campus. As part of our commitment to climate neutrality and environmental sustainability all future construction at St. Lawrence will meet the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver Certification. Recognizing the conflicting values of new building space and a reduced environmental footprint the University is also making an effort to meet the standards of LEED Certification with all major campus building renovations.
To ensure we stay knowledgeable on the latest in green building design and technology St. Lawrence is a member of the New York Upstate Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.