Project Details

LEED Project

Chapter: University of California - San Diego (UCSD)
Project Leader: None Provided
Spatial Scope: Campus | Current Status:
# of Active Members: 6

LEED certification is already a part of the UCSD Climate Action Plan, but most of these efforts are focused on new construction, while existing buildings are often left behind. But these existing buildings are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. If UCSD aims to be climate neutral, existing buildings must be made more sustainable. LEED certification of Geisel library will not only help to reduce emissions and make our campus greener, but it will also raise awareness about the importance of making all buildings more sustainable. Geisel library is a focal point of the UCSD campus-- it is an ideal building to generate awareness about the benefits of green buildings. LEED certification has proved challenging in the past for students, since it is time consuming and costly for existing buildings. However, we plan to create a document that will allow collaboration between many different groups on campus, that will enable students across many different classes to come together to achieve certification. This document will act as an outline, a plan to achieve certification, while future years and future students can raise funds to bring about these changes. We hope to create a model for future student-driven certification of buildings.