Green Buildings


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90% of UMD’s emissions come from heating and powering campus buildings. Energy efficient buildings are key to attaining goals outlined in UMD’s Energy Action Plan, including a 25% reduction in emissions from 2007 levels by 2020, and operating a carbon neutral campus by 2050.

Click on the building links below, or take the online UMD Campus Sustainability Tour, to learn more!

LEED Certified Buildings

One way to measure and ensure that buildings are built and operated to conserve energy, water, and other resources is through LEED-certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and was developed by the U.S. Green Buildings Council as a third-party green building certification system. UMD has constructed five LEED-certified buildings.

Due to the fact that UMD is already committed to sustainable design, construction, and renovation, the LEED-certificaiton process does not significantly increase the cost of building and upgrading.

Other Green Buildings

Constructing efficient buildings is important, but the majority of greenhouse gas emissions come from the operation of a building during its lifespan. Upgrading and maintaining existing buildings for efficiency is critical to lowering campus emissions.  All major renovations at the University that use state bonding money must follow the rigorous Minnesota B3 benchmarking standards.

Many of the campus buildings that have been upgraded for energy efficiency are listed below: