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Students Help LEED Schools Toward Energy Efficiency


Facility executives and maintenance and engineering managers at institutional and commercial facilities are not the only people pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initiatives from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Building occupants, and especially students at universities and colleges across the country, are also embracing the initiative. Students at San Diego State University are standing squarely behind campus leaders in trying to make all Associated Students facilities LEED certified by 2020.

“The passion that came from previous student leaders is invigorating, and to see this building, our campus living room, reach our LEED Platinum goal is a monumental moment to be an Aztec,” A.S. Sustainability Commissioner, Megan Goodman tells a campus publication.

The Aztec Recreation Center achieved LEED Gold Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance certification after installing roof-top photovoltaic panels that save an estimated 300 tons of greenhouse gas, as well as replacing incandescent light fixtures with more efficient fluorescent light fixtures.

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