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Pitt hits a green building milestone

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Earlier this year, Pitt notched its 15th Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the renovation of the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) building, which earned LEED Silver designation.

This newest LEED certification brings Pitt to a total of 1.2 million square feet of LEED-certified space, with more than a dozen green building certifications in the works.

LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, providing third-party validation of a building’s green design, construction, operations and maintenance. The LEED framework assists in the creation of healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

“The University of Pittsburgh was an early adopter of the LEED green building certification and continues that leadership with an ongoing commitment to third-party certification,” said Aurora Sharrard, Pitt’s director of sustainability. “In line with the Pitt Sustainability Plan, the University pursues LEED certification or better on all large new construction and major renovation projects while simultaneously emphasizing rigorous energy and water performance goals.”