Green Buildings

Colorado State University has more than 12 million gross square feet of buildings, which includes a wide array of residence halls, classroom buildings, research facilities, a student center, recreation center, stadium, and more. There are several third-party rating systems for green buildings, and CSU has earned recognition for 40 of its buildings through LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), Green Globes, and ENERGY STAR. For a map view, visit maps.colostate.edu. 

LEED for Building Design and Construction

LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — is an internationally recognized rating system for design, construction, and operation of high-performing, sustainable buildings. There are four levels of certification under the LEED system: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
  1. Transit Center: Achieved LEED Gold in 2007. First LEED Gold building at CSU.
  2. Human Performance Clinical Research Laboratory: Achieved LEED Gold in 2010.
  3. Rockwell Hall West: Achieved LEED Gold in 2010.
  4. Athletics Academic and Training Center: Achieved LEED Gold in 2010.
  5. Academic Village’s Aspen Hall: Achieved LEED Gold in 2010. CSU’s first LEED Gold residence hall.
  6. Behavioral Sciences Building: Achieved LEED Gold in 2011.
  7. Recreation Center Expansion: Achieved LEED Gold in 2011.
  8. Research Innovation Center: Achieved LEED Gold in 2011.
  9. Indoor Practice Facility: Achieved LEED Gold in 2011.
  10. Lake Street Parking Garage: Achieved LEED Gold in 2012.
  11. Forest Service Building: Achieved LEED Certified in 2012.
  12. Morgan Library Addition: Achieved LEED Silver in 2013.
  13. Scott Bioengineering Building: Achieved LEED Gold in 2013.
  14. Pavilion at Laurel Village: Achieved LEED Platinum in 2015. The first LEED Platinum building at CSU.
  15. Alpine Hall at Laurel Village: Achieved LEED Gold in 2015.
  16. Pinon Hall at Laurel Village: Achieved LEED Gold in 2015.
  17. Powerhouse at the Powerhouse Energy Campus: Achieved LEED Platinum in 2015.
  18. Avenir Museum Expansion: Achieved LEED Silver in 2015.
  19. Cottonwood Hall at Aggie Village: Achieved LEED Gold in 2016.
  20. Lodgepole Hall at Aggie Village: Achieved LEED Gold in 2016.
  21. Walnut Hall at Aggie Village: Achieved LEED Gold in 2016.
  22. Lory Student Center Revitalization: Achieved LEED Silver in 2016.
  23. Health & Medical Center: Achieved LEED Silver in 2017.
  24. Chemistry Research: Achieved LEED Platinum in 2018.
  25. Biology: Achieved LEED Gold in 2018.
  26. Michael Smith Natural Resources Building Addition: Achieved LEED Silver in 2019.
  27. Nancy Richardson Design Center: Achieved LEED Gold in 2019.
  28. Canvas Stadium: Achieved LEED Silver in 2019.
  29. Translational Medicine Institute: Achieved LEED Silver in 2019.
  30. Western Colorado Research Center – Seminar / Office Building (CSU Orchard Mesa Research Station in Grand Junction, CO): Achieved LEED Certified in 2010.
  31. Western Colorado Research Center – Diagnostic Laboratory (CSU Orchard Mesa Research Station in Grand Junction, CO): Achieved LEED Certified in 2010.
  32. JBS Global Food Innovation Center: Achieved LEED Silver in 2020.
  33. AZ_Addition – Health Education & Outreach Center: Achieved LEED Gold in 2020.
  34. Arkansas Valley Research Center (CSU Ag Experiment Station in Rocky Ford, CO): Achieved LEED Certified in 2020.
  35. JFEH – Johnson Family Equine Center: Achieved LEED Silver in 2022.

LEED for Commercial Interiors

  1. Guggenheim Hall Renovation: Achieved LEED for Commercial Interiors Silver in 2005. First classrooms on any university campus to achieve LEED CI certification.
  2. Lory Student Center Theatre Renovation: Achieved LEED for Commercial Interiors Gold in 2012.
  3. Durrell Center: Achieved LEED for Commercial Interiors Gold in 2014.
  4. Corbett Lobby and The Foundry Dining Center: Achieved LEED for Commercial Interiors Gold in 2019.

LEED for Core & Shell

  1. Crabtree Hall: Achieved LEED for Core and Shell Development Gold in 2017.

LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EBOM)

  1. Summit Hall: Achieved LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Gold in 2014. The first LEED EBOM certification for CSU.

Green Globes

  1. Gregory Allicar Museum of Art addition at the University Center for the Arts: Achieved Green Globes – Sustainable Interiors (One Green Globe) in 2016.

ENERGY STAR

  1. International House: Recognized as an ENERGY STAR Certified Building in 2018 and 2022.
  2. Health & Medical Center: Recognized as an ENERGY STAR Certified Building in 2022.
  3. Aggie Village Apartment Complex – including Cottonwood, Lodgepole & Walnut Halls: Recognized as an ENERGY STAR Certified Building in 2022.
  4. University Village at 1500 – 1600 W. Plum Street: Recognized as an ENERGY STAR Certified Building in 2022.

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