The responsible use of all forms of energy and the good health of the community are high priorities of Clemson University, and it demonstrates its commitment to environmental, economic and social stewardship through building green. Sustainable building integrates building materials and methods that promote environmental quality, economic vitality and social benefit through the design, construction and operation of the built environment. A building's site, water management, energy performance, the materials and resources from which it is constructed, and the indoor environmental quality all play a part in a building being environmentally responsible.
In new construction and major renovations, Clemson University follows the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED®) rating system to provide healthy environments for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Here you can find details for several of Clemson's LEED®certified projects.
Clemson University is a leader in Green Building among universities across the country and implemented a Sustainable Green Building Policy in March of 2005 that made sustainable buildings a high priority for Clemson. The policy makes a clear statement that the University embraces these priorities and will invest in them throughout every major building project.
A key player in the movement for advancing a sustainable future, the Clemson University Planning and Design Office balances the needs of campus growth with the stewardship of Clemson's campus. Through planning, design and engineering, University Planning & Design facilitates the orderly development of the campus in a way that enriches the resources, meets the needs of the community, and enriches the image, experience and culture of Clemson University. Campus planning and design incorporates and promotes long term sustainability goals through strategies such as efficient land use, landscape design, transportation systems, and green building. These, along with the administration of the Comprehensive Master Plan and Design Guidelines, result in a safe and accessible environment for the campus community.