As the university continues its rapid growth through additional infrastructure, it’s important that we do so in a sustainable way. Designing smarter and more efficient buildings, planning for alternative modes of transportation, or upgrading older inefficient buildings, we have to be consistent and use proven best practices.
(LEED Silver Bioinformatics Building)
Fortunately, UNC Charlotte has developed a Design Manual to help with these things. The university is continually assessing best practices that can be implemented on campus to ensure efficiency and a reduced impact on our surroundings. The campus is continually becoming more commuter-friendly through the design of the lightrail, increased bike paths and storage, greenways throughout campus, and charging for electric vehicles; while construction practices and landscaping on our campus is designed to be less impactful and resource-intensive every year as new best-practices are developed in these respective industries.
UNC Charlotte has certified building design and construction using two systems. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, is a certification from the US Green Building Council. There are 4 levels in LEED: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Green Globes is a certification from the Green Building Initiative. There are 4 levels in Green Globes, designated by numbers.
|2009||Bioinformatics||LEED Silver||Academic Affairs|
|2012||Miltimore Hall||LEED Silver||Student Affairs|
|2013||Center City Building||LEED Gold||Academic Affairs|
|2013||EPIC||LEED Gold||Academic Affairs|
|2014||Belk Hall||TWO Green Globes||Student Affairs|
|2014||Martin Hall||THREE Green Globes||Student Affairs|
|2014||Rose Football Center||LEED Certified||Athletics|
|2014||South Village Dining Hall||THREE Green Globes||Business Affairs|
|2017||Levine Hall||THREE Green Globes||Student Affairs|
In addition to the list above, UNC Charlotte has projects in design and construction that will pursue certification, including a recreation center, academic building, and residence hall. Since constructing its first certified green building in 2009, the university has been able to certify the design and construction of 72% of eligible building space.