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BSU Student Center Achieves Reputable Green Certification

June 18, 2014

BSU is First Historically Black College or University to Achieve LEED Gold Distinction for a Student Center

BSU Student Center

(Bowie, Md.) -- June 18, 2014 -- Bowie State University’s Student Center has received national recognition for having an exceptional environmentally sustainable design and earned the distinction of LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The university is the first historically Black institution to receive LEED Gold recognition for a student center.

The center meets the rigorous standards of the LEED certification program, which is the nationally accepted benchmark for green buildings. Numerous sustainable features incorporated into construction of the building include a rooftop garden of low-maintenance vegetation that reduces energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as enhances storm water management. Other features include water-efficient landscaping, low-flow toilets and sinks, energy-efficient lighting, and the use of green cleaning products.

Changes to university policies, such as the establishment of a campus-wide smoking policy and a green parking permit program, also contributed to meeting the certification requirements.

“The pursuit of LEED Gold certification for the Student Center aligns with the university’s sustainability focus on saving money, energy, water, and resources while amplifying human health and well-being,” said Dr. Karl Brockenbrough, vice president for administration and finance.



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