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Center for Sustainability

Center for Sustainability


DU is committed to providing the finest learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff by providing remarkable designs with a commitment to longevity and durability while preserving the noteworthy architectural heritage of the campus. This commitment to sustainable building design leads to buildings that are highly energy and water efficient while providing healthier living and learning environments

In accordance with the Land Use Plan, all new buildings on campus are built to at least the LEED Silver standard. Overall, DU has 5 buildings certified according to LEED standards for new buildings, totaling over 612,000 square feet. The most recent additions to this list of certifications are the Anderson Academic Commons and Margery Reed.

  • In 2003, Ricketson Law Building, which houses the Sturm College Of Law became the first law school in the nation to be awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Building features include a rainwater collection cistern, efficient windows that cut heating and cooling costs and allow natural lighting, and water saving fixtures.
  • Ruffatto Hall also received LEED Gold certification. Building features include a design that allows 93% of regularly occupied spaces to view the outdoors, water efficient landscaping, along with low-flow and dual-flush toilets. LEED
  • Nagel Hall, a large residence hall for mainly sophomore students has features such as dual flush toilets, load bearing masonry walls that reduce the number of peak heating and cooling days throughout the year, and a long lasting copper roof that is made up of 95% recycled material. Nagel is another LEED     Gold building. Other LEED certified buildings include Anderson Academic Commons, Margery Reed Hall
  • In 2011, Johnson MacFarlane hall was certified to Energy Star standards, as a highly efficient building, following a building renovation.