Green Certified Buildings
In 2015, the Georgia Legislature mandated that state institutions could no longer utilize state funding to pursue LEED certification for building projects. GSU continues to incorporate sustainability in all new construction projects on campus by following the Georgia Peach Point Standards.
Currently, we have three green certified buildings on campus — Indian Creek Lodge, Student Recreation Center and the College of Law.
Indian Creek Lodge: The Lodge serves as a premier venue for meetings, conferences, retreats and social events and was the first LEED-certified building at Georgia State University. Sustainable features of the lodge include:
- High efficiency water fixtures
- Reduction of water use by 35%
- Preservation of more than 77% of the LEED project boundary for open space
- Purchasing of renewable energy certificates that offset 100% of the building’s electricity use
To find out more about the Lodge and how to reserve the space for events, click here.
Student Recreation Center: The GSU Student Recreation Center opened in August of 2001 and was recognized by the National Intramural and Recreation Sports Association as an Outstanding Sports Facility. In 2012, the building became Green Globes certified, earning three globes (out of four), due to the university’s commitment to green building and sustainable development. This building also houses GSU’s Touch the Earth program where campus users can rent bicycles and outdoor gear for little to no cost.
College of Law: The new College of Law facility was opened in 2015 and is expected to become LEED Silver Certified in 2016. This state-of-the-art facility features a beautiful green roof terrace, wood paneling and loads of natural light.
Building Energy Consumption
Currently, GSU has a building automation system (BAS) that enables us to maintain a comfortable working environment. This system allows us to set occupancy schedules, run chiller plants at lower cost per ton of cooling and more.
Energy conservation initiatives during breaks
During winter break, Georgia State shuts down all buildings for three weeks to save energy. All HVAC and lights are turned off during this time with the exception of security lighting and HVAC in university housing. The university has also recently launched a “Shut the Shash” campaign in our laboratory spaces during breaks.
Greening Georgia State
In 2016, Georgia State launched a Green Space Task Force to explore the feasibility and advocate for creating new greenspace and increasing our tree canopy on campus. The idea of creating this task force stemmed from the forward-thinking GIRAS project, created by Dr. Jeremy Diem and his student, Sharon Murphy, in the Geosciences Department. This interdisciplinary Task Force is led by Dr. Jeremy Diem and GSU Sustainability Manager, Jenni Asman.
GSU currently utilizes ORBIO os3 systems for approximately 40% of campus space. As funding becomes available, we hope to convert all of our cleaning solutions to “green cleaning” solutions, lowering the amount of harmful toxins in the air and improving the health of our campus community.