On November 24, 2014 the USGBC West Michigan chapter was privileged to share in a LEED unveiling ceremony at Sangren Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University. But this wasn’t just the unveiling of 1 LEED certified building. Simultaneously, on live stream, plaques were revealed for Lee Honors College, Zhang Legacy Collections Center and two buildings at Western View. If your counting, that’s 4 LEED for New Construction certifications.
WMU President John M. Dunn led the celebration and shared the deep commitment WMU has to LEED and sustainability. After research by USGBC national in Washington DC it was confirmed that “WMU is the first institution of higher education in Michigan to certify 5 LEED for New Construction buildings in a single year“. Kelsey Pitschel, LEED GA and mechanical engineering major emphasized that LEED certification ensures the student body that they are spending time inside healthy buildings. WMU campus is home to 12 LEED Certified Buildings in both the New Construction and Existing Building tracks.
by Cheri Holman, Executive Director
US Green Building Council West Michigan