According to the US Green Building Council (USGBC), buildings account for approximately 40% of the nation’s total energy consumption, 14% of its water use, and 40% of emissions. At George Mason University, our buildings produce nearly 50% of our emissions and we spend close to $10 million a year in energy costs. If we can reduce our building energy consumption, not only will it make a positive impact on the environment, it can free up funds for other important benefits and services for Mason’s students, faculty, and staff members.
Mason builds its buildings to USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver, Two Green Globes, or to the Virginia Energy and Environmental Standard (VEES). We outline our goals to our design teams with our University Design Information Manual.
If you want to help Mason reduce the environmental impact of its buildings, you can join our Green Office program, certifying your office as a sustainable space, or our Green Residence Hall program, greening your residence hall.
If you are interested in a self-guided tour of our green buildings on campus, please visit any of the following buildings:
- Point of View (in progress)
- Potomac Science Center (in progress)
- Smithsonian-Mason Front Royal campus (in progress)
- Ike’s Dining Hall (2016): LEED Silver
- Taylor Hall (2016): LEED Silver
- Exploratory Hall (2015): LEED Silver
- Founders Hall (2012): LEED Certified
- Eastern Shore (2012): LEED Gold
- Hamptons Road (2012): LEED Gold
- Engineering (2010): LEED Silver
- Mason Inn now The Global Center (2010): LEED Gold
- Rogers: VEES
- Whitetop: VEES