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A view of the chemistry gardens with green grass, flowers and a glass building behind it

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LEED certification

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system. It provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed to improve performance in health and environmental metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources.

Michigan State University has pledged that all new on-campus construction is built to LEED-certified levels.

In 2009, MSU received its first LEED award (silver certification) for the construction of an addition to the Chemistry Building. The Chemistry addition includes LEED features such as recycled glass in the flooring, low-flow toilets, drip irrigation and motion sensors for classroom lights.

Gold certifications:

Silver certifications:

A total of 1,559,273 square feet of MSU-owned space has been LEED registered.

Building efficiency

Learn about the other steps that MSU is taking to make its buildings more energy-efficient.

Better Buildings Challenge

Through this federal sustainability initiative with the U.S. Department of Energy, MSU has committed to reducing energy use by at least 20 percent over its 20 million-square-feet contiguous campus by 2020.