In 2007 President Shalala signed pledge to the Talloiries Declaration of the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future and the American College and University President's Climate Commitment. The University is home to the first high-rise in South Florida that was designed and built for energy efficiency and sustainability.
The Design and Construction Department has taken the lead in ensuring that our buildings are constructed in a sustainable manner. The department has LEED certified 1.2M SF of Green Building to date and is in the process of developing an additional 727K SF of LEED certified facilities. We are in the process of "greening" our building component standards so that any sized project or repair is also environmentally responsible.
In support of the University's commitment to a high level of environmental stewardship and social values, it is the policy of the University of Miami's Design and Construction Department to plan, design, construct, manage, renovate and mantain it facilities in a sustainable manner. This policy applies to all new construction and all major renovations. Al projects shall consider sustainability issues incldung site deisgn, water and energy efficiency, the use of products and materials that minimize environmental impact and indoor air quality. All contractors, Architects and other vendors shall be required to participate in this team effort to minimize the impact of Univeristy construction projects on the environment.
The US Green Building Concil's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Building Rating System, which establishes guidelines and evaluated environmental sustainability of buildings, will be the design and measurement standard. Specifically: