a Sustainable UMDNJ
Facilities, Planning, Management, and Construction has made a serious commitment
to creating a more sustainable University community.
Among the initiatives we've undertaken are campus-wide
energy savings and trash reduction programs, comprehensive
recycling measures, including recycling construction
materials, and continual upgrades to our power distribution
system to ensure proper energy management.
addition, as a member of the US Green Buildings Council
(USGBC) and the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership
for Sustainability (NJHEPS), we are meeting a nationally
accepted benchmark for the design, construction and
operation of high performance “green buildings”. Green
buildings are buildings that meet the USGBC's criteria
for overall improved indoor environment, as well as
the use of recyclable materials or alternative energy
sources, like for example, solar power.
USGBC has a rating system, which certifies the building
has met the stated criteria. This rating system and
subsequent certification, LEED, or Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design, is being applied to all
new construction at UMDNJ. LEED certified buildings
are healthy and comfortable for the occupants, thus
reducing “sick building syndrome” which has been linked
to higher absenteeism among employees and a generally
unhealthy work environment. LEED construction also
incorporates design elements that reduce waste, conserve
energy and water, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
new construction will meet certain levels of LEED
Certification. This web page will keep you up to date
as we strive to create a sustainable UMDNJ.
Green Buildings Council--NJ Chapter
Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS)
Sustainable Design Guidelines
Guide for Health Care
Creating a Sustainable
for the 21st Century
and Renewable Energy