The University of Pittsburgh is committed to incorporating sustainability into all aspects of campus life. To ensure that our built environment exemplifies our commitment to sustainability, Pitt has obtained LEED certification for 15 building projects to-date — and is pursuing LEED certification or better on all new construction projects as part of the Pitt Sustainability Plan.
What is LEED Certification?
An acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design, LEED is a green building rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998 that has transformed the built environment and provides third-party validation of building design, construction, operations, and maintenance. LEED is the world’s leading green building certification and is focused on all aspects of the built environment,
including site, location, energy, water, indoor environmental quality, materials, and innovation.
LEED certification is granted across a number of rating systems based on the amount of points acquired, allowing for 4 levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
LEED points are earned across “credits,” which are the building blocks of a sustainable project across several different categories including: integrative process, location & transportation, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation, and regional priority. Within each credit category, a certain number of points is awarded.
Pitt’s LEED Certified Buildings
Pitt’s existing LEED certified buildings are summarized below. If you’re interested in learning more about other buildings in design or construction, click here.