College of Law Green Team Encourages Sustainability Programs in New Building

Buildings are more than edifices of brick and mortar. They’re also physical manifestations of our priorities as a society. With the pursuit of LEED Platinum Certification, the new S.J. Quinney College of Law building is designed not only as a world-class learning institute, but also as a catalyst for leadership in the area of sustainable development and practices.

LEED Certification is a third-party verification program evaluating and recognizing building projects that have made substantial efforts to lessen their environmental impact. To qualify, projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. LEED projects receive points for environmentally innovative design and construction elements in five key areas: Sustainable Sites; Water Efficiency; Energy and Atmosphere; Materials and Resources; and Indoor Environment Quality. Platinum is the highest level of certification available. When the building achieves this certification it will be one of the most sustainable law buildings in the country.

An exciting aspect of the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s LEED process is the creation of the Green Team, a collaborative group of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and interested community members working to identify and implement sustainability programs that complement the building’s green design features. For example, the team has already organized participants for the Clear the Air Challenge, is investigating green purchasing practices, and has created educational materials and baseline surveys to inform future programming. The primary goal of the Green Team is to foster a lasting and holistic ethic of sustainability for building residents and visitors.

These efforts are especially important because the College’s physical environment will now match its legacy of high caliber and innovative environmental programs including the Wallace Stegner Center and Symposium, Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program, and J.D. Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law.

Michele Straube, Director of the EDR Program and Green Team representative, explains, “We want to seize the opportunity for this building to be more than a display of fancy gadgets. By first investing in green features and then educating and engaging occupants, we hope to have a ripple effect of sustainable thinking and leadership into the broader community. The physical building is a great starting point, but the Green Team hopes to make it much more!”

 

Take the Green Team Survey

Construction of the new S.J. Quinney College of Law building has begun and it is exciting! The new building is designed to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, making it one of the most environmentally friendly law campuses in the country.

However, we are not stopping there! S.J. Quinney continues to expand its leadership in the area of environmental sustainability with the creation of the S.J. Quinney Green Team. The Green Team is here to: 1) educate users about the building’s innovative features; and 2) engage the law school community in actions that complement the building’s green goals.

Please join us on this adventure by participating in a quick educational survey, the results of which will inform how the Green Team should focus their energies. The survey asks seven questions; the questions are coupled with a quick informational panel about the building’s unique features. This is your opportunity to be a part of cutting-edge environmental programming.

Take the Green Team survey now »
(Closes December 20, 2013)

We look forward to hearing what you have to say and be watching for coming Green Team happenings!

Sincerely,

S.J. Quinney College of Law Green Team