Penn State East Halls Receive LEED Silver Certification
Two residence buildings at Penn State University Park's East Halls have earned LEED certification. Earle Hall, a new residence building, and Stuart Hall, a renovated residence building, achieved the Silver certification level, which exceeds the University standard for green buildings.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used verification system for green buildings. A LEED-certified building is resource efficient, conserves water and energy, and reduces greenhouse gas emission.
LEED certifications are designated by levels, based on a point system that evaluates various sustainability issues.
"The LEED Silver certification demonstrates Penn State's commitment to work toward a sustainable future and to be effective stewards of our planet's resources," says Conal Carr, director of Housing Operations.
Penn State requires all new and renovated facilities be LEED certified, and new constructions and renovations will continue to follow the LEED standard of environmentally friendly practices.