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SIS Building Earns LEED Gold Status

By Adrienne Frank

School of International Service atrium

The greenest building on campus has officially been designated LEED Gold certified—the benchmark for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The 70,000-square-foot School of International Service, which opened in May 2010, is the first American University building to earn the designation. The building was designed by renowned green architect William McDonough.

LEED promotes a holistic approach to sustainable design in five areas: energy efficiency, materials choice, indoor air quality, water conservation, and sustainable site development.

“The SIS building embodies the best of our ideas, goals, and aspiration, and it sets the standard for AU going forward,” said Michael Purcell, assistant university architect.