Millikin University has become the first institution of higher education in Illinois to earn a coveted environmental rating for renovation of a campus building by meeting rigorous standards established by an international building commission.
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all significant metrics: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Projects must meet or exceed numerous requirements in these areas.
There are four certification levels: certified, silver, gold and platinum. Millikin earned a gold rating with the guidance from their facilities partner ARAMARK
by providing documentation to support completion of 13 mandatory prerequisites and 49 optional credits in the aforementioned categories.
“We are thrilled that Millikin has received LEED-EB certification for the renovation of ADM-Scovill Hall,” remarked Douglas E. Zemke, president of Millikin University. “The University is committed to exploring alternatives for energy efficiency, and we hope that this certification will serve as a positive example for improving sustainability efforts on our campus.”
LEED-EB certification is especially difficult to achieve, according to John Mickler, director of facility operations at Millikin. “It’s much simpler to design a green building from the ground up than to modify an existing structure,” he remarked.
Over 400 buildings nationwide hold some level of LEED-EB certification; however, most of them are office buildings. Millikin joins a small list of institutions of higher education that have received this certification, including Baylor University, Duke University, Emory University, University of Colorado, and the Santa Barbara and San Francisco campuses of the University of California.
The renovation of ADM-Scovill Hall was completed in 2005. Mickler says the University has learned much from the building’s LEED-EB certification process.
“The project has given us a better understanding of what we need to do to improve energy efficiency in buildings on our campus,” he remarked. “Millikin will continue to incorporate cost-effective green initiatives in renovation projects, new construction, and normal building operations.”
According to the USGBC, buildings in the United States account for 72 percent of electricity consumption, 39 percent of energy use, 38 percent of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, 40 percent of raw materials use, 30 percent of waste output (136 million tons annually), and 14 percent of potable water consumption, making green building and renovation efforts beneficial to the environment, economy, and the health and well-being of all.
Millikin has taken steps to incorporate green efforts in other areas of campus, from use of environmentally friendly products by buildings and grounds staff to improvement of the University’s recycling efforts.
Developed by USGBC, LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.