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Celebrating Nazareth’s New Green Benchmark

Northwest view of the Integrated Center for Math and Science, which will be the first LEED-certified building on campus.

With Earth Day upon us, we wanted to take the chance to tout Nazareth’s largest environmental sustainability project–our new Integrated Center for Math and Science. We broke ground on the project recently and there’s been a flurry of activity at the construction site since.

With the wonderful green design of the building, we expect the project to achieve at least a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)-certified green building rating of silver, which would make it the only building on campus to have LEED certification and the only building in Pittsford, N.Y., to have that, too. Currently a voluntary effort by property owners, LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The number of points a building receives by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which oversees all LEED certifications, will determine its rating.

So, what does that mean, exactly? To achieve LEED certification status with a silver, gold, or platinum rating (and we’re hoping that by the end of the project it will be certified platinum), the site and building must meet the following six guidelines established by the USGBC:

The four-story center will be the largest newly built academic building on our campus. In addition to its green design, the Integrated Center for Math and Science will provide several great academic benefits, like collaborative spaces and state-of-the art technologies. In the meantime, walk by the site of the building–near the Golisano Academic Center–and get excited about this new benchmark for Nazareth!