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LEED Buildings

Penn State's Policy

LEEDPenn State requires that all new and renovated facilities be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.

The U.S. Green Building Council Central Pennsylvania (USGBC Central Pennsylvania) honored the Penn State Office of Physical Plant (OPP) with its Sustainable Leader of the Year award in November 2016. OPP was among several organizations and individuals honored with one of USGBC Central Pennsylvania’s Forever Green awards.

The Sustainable Leader of the Year award is given to a company or institution that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the LEED rating system. As a result of OPP’s commitment to have all new construction and major renovations at University Park, the Commonwealth campuses and Hershey Medical Center meet LEED standards, there are more than 31 LEED-certified buildings at Penn State campuses.

In addition, OPP’s commitment led to several firsts for the Business Building, which was dedicated in 2005 and is home to the Smeal College of Business. The Business Building is the first building to be certified through LEED v4 at any higher education institution in Pennsylvania, the first LEED v4 project in general in the 34-county Central Pennsylvania region and the first LEED v4 Existing Building certification at Penn State.

About LEED

LEED is a rating system for sustainable building development. LEED-certified buildings must meet high standards for indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and water conservation. They must also feature recycled, renewable, or locally-sourced materials. LEED is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders headquartered in Washington, DC. There are four levels of certification: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Certified. Penn State's LEED policy exceeds national standards.

Click on the tabs above to view current and future LEED projects on Penn State campuses!


Completed LEED Projects

updated Feb. 24, 2017

Building Campus Location Certification Status Certification Date
Biobehavioral Health Building University Park Certified 2016
CEDAR Building Renovation University Park Certified 2015
Hershey Medical Center Cancer Institute Hershey Certified 2011
Medlar Field at Lubrano Park University Park Certified 2007
Moore Building Addition University Park Certified 2014
Moore Renovation University Park Certified 2015
Nittany Lion Softball Park University Park Certified 2012
Worthington Scranton Business Building Worthington Scranton Certified 2010
"Building 10,000" Residence Hall at Penn State Harrisburg (Watch the Video!) Harrisburg Silver 2010
Dickinson Law School Carlisle Silver 2012
HHD Building University Park Silver 2016
IM Building Addition (Phase II) University Park Silver 2015
Lewis Katz Building University Park Silver 2009
Nittany Apartments V Schuylkill Silver  
North Frear Building University Park Silver 2010
Student Health and Counseling Services Building University Park Silver 2010
Wilkes Barre Academic Commons Wilkes Barre Silver 2010
Borland Building University Park Gold 2009
Business Building* University Park Gold 2015
Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building Berks Gold 2012
IM Building (Phase I) University Park Gold  
Millenium Science Complex University Park Gold 2013
Pegula Ice Arena University Park Gold 2015
Recreation Hall Addition University Park Gold 2008
Stuckeman Family Building University Park Gold 2007
Child Care Center at Hort Woods University Park Platinum 2013

*All buildings on this list were certified as new construction projects excluding the Business Building at University Park. The Business Building was an existing building project.

LEED Projects In Progress

updated Feb. 24, 2017

Building Campus Location
Burrowes Renovation University Park
Chace Hall University Park
Cooper/Hoyt Hall University Park
Data Center University Park
Ewing/Cross Hall University Park
Forest Resources Building University Park
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens University Park
Haller/Lyons Hall University Park
Harrisburg Housing Harrisburg
Hibbs Stephens Hall University Park
Hershey Medical Center Children's hospital Hershey
Hershey Medical Center Hershey
HUB Addition and Renovation University Park
IM Building Addition (Phase III) University Park
Robert and Sally Metzgar Alumni & Admissions Welcome Center Erie
Steidle Building Renewal University Park
Stuart Hall University Park
Eva J. Pell Laboratory for Advanced Biological Research University Park