What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is a process of adopting and implementing policies, strategies, and technologies to achieve balance between societal needs and conservation efforts. Sustainable practices meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Capital Projects Sustainability
Capital Projects is committed to sustainable design and construction through the use of green materials, systems, and methods.
Goals in providing high quality sustainable facilities:
• Reduce waste generation and pollution
• Enhance occupant comfort, health, and productivity
• Reduce energy, water use, and local infrastructure impact
• Maximize longevity and efficiency
As a way of validating and measuring efforts in support of these goals, Washington and Lee University is registering projects with the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED Certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a standardized, nationally-accepted system for certifying the sustainability of design, construction, and operations of buildings.
LEED Rating System
The LEED rating system assesses these components and awards points based on the level of sustainability:
• Sustainable Sites
• Water Efficiency
• Energy & Atmosphere
• Materials & Resources
• Indoor Environmental Quality
• Innovation & Design Process
LEED has a four-level, certified rating system based on buildings' sustainability scores: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Certified.