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we_are_emoryEmory University has been named the nation’s top “Higher Education Institution” by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools in its annual “Best of Green Schools 2013” report.

The designation recognizes educational institutions and individuals across the country that demonstrate innovative approaches to school sustainability, environmental initiatives and a commitment to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

In awarding the category of “Higher Education Institution,” the USGBC noted Emory’s commitment to maintaining “sustainability as one of its top priorities — to help restore the global ecosystem, foster healthy living and reduce the University’s impact on the local environment.” In receiving the honor, Emory was noted for having “among the highest number of square feet of LEED-certified space of any campus in America,” according to the USGBC.

In 2001, Emory adopted the USGBC’s LEED standards for all new major campus construction projects, which must achieve, at minimum, LEED silver certification — a commitment designed to help the University meet its goals of reducing energy use by 25 percent by 2015 and greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels, according to the Office of Sustainability Initiatives.

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