Yale’s 300 year-old campus is home to a quickly growing collection of innovative green buildings and laboratories. The University has mandated that all comprehensive new construction and renovation project designs must meet LEED “Gold” status or higher. For details on the University’s sustainability related building standards and guidelines adopted in 2010, read through Yale’s Design Standards document.
Pioneering projects include the Chemistry Research Building, the first lab in the world to achieve LEED standards, and Kroon Hall, the technologically advanced ultra-efficient home of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), which was built to LEED Platinum standards.
By building green, Yale provides healthier environments in which to work and learn, it advances the science of sustainability by encouraging and developing building practices and technologies, and it provides up-close case studies for students of sustainable systems and architecture.As its campus has developed as a center of environmental progress and innovation, Yale has embraced and advanced its leadership role the in the field of sustainable construction.
In addition to sustainable building design and construction, Yale provides occupancy training for people using buildings on campus to maximize the green features of spaces. Trainings are customized for specific buildings as well as general building types, including labs, academic buildings and residential spaces including the Residential Colleges.