Carnegie Mellon University

LEEDing the Way

05-20-2010

LEEDing the Way

Aurora L. Sharrard (E'04, '07), director of innovation for the Green Building Alliance, will present Carnegie Mellon with a Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) plaque for the recently renovated Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall) at noon, Monday, May 24 in the 217-seat auditorium. The "green" renovation project, completed in summer 2008, included the transformation of Gregg Hall, the creation of a 3,200-square-foot second floor above the auditorium, and the restoration of the building exterior and windows outside the lecture hall. The new space above the auditorium houses the Information Systems Program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS).

The project's green elements include energy efficient lighting, appliances and computers; regionally manufactured materials that contain recycled components; and environmentally friendly paint, coatings, adhesives and sealants. In addition, 60 percent of the construction waste was recycled.

Attending the ceremony will be Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto; H&SS Dean John Lehoczky; Ralph Horgan, associate vice provost for Campus Design and Facility Development; and members of CMU's Green Practices Committee.

Carnegie Mellon now has eight building projects (http://www.cmu.edu/greenpractices/greening-the-campus/green-buildings/) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, the most by any organization in Allegheny County and the most by any college or university in western Pennsylvania.

Bruce Gerson