Shineman solar panels - LEED

With green being one of SUNY Oswego’s primary colors, focusing on environmental impact only seems natural. For Facilities, this means having all building construction projects recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. The USBGC has four levels to their certification system, LEED standard, Silver, Gold and Platinum, based on how environmentally friendly buildings are. Of the eight new or renovated buildings since 2007, more than half achieved the requirements for Gold. While the campus has had several new buildings awarded LEED Gold, such as the Shineman Center and The Village, multiple pre existing buildings achieved the same standard following construction. Waterbury Hall and Tyler Hall Phase I, which completed renovations in 2015 and 2016, respectively, qualified for the Gold standard as renovated buildings.

“Being able to live or work in these LEED buildings is a physical demonstration of commitment to an eco friendly campus. Teaching folks how to recycle is great, but it’s even easier in a building with a high amount of recycled content so they can see that material being reused.” - Mike Lotito, Sustainability Coordinator