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Office of Sustainability
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW Suite 374

Office of Sustainability
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

SIS Building

The School of International Service building earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification.

Green Buildings

American University is committed to building and operating spaces that are conducive to living, working, and learning and are environmentally friendly and healthy spaces. Green buildings reduce their environmental impact through energy and water efficiency, low-impact and healthy building materials, and sustainable operations and maintenance procedures.


American University uses the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system to guide new construction and campus operations. The LEED rating system is a holistic green building rating system that emphasizes both reduced environmental impact and promoting human health. AU has several buildings certified under the LEED rating system.

Energy Efficiency

Building energy consumption accounts for nearly 30% of AU’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. Energy Efficiency initiatives and strategies are an important part of AU’s sustainability initiatives.   

Renewable Energy

American University utilizes on-site and off-site renewable energy to complement campus electricity consumption. 

Water Efficiency

American University conserves water through the use of various efficient plumbing and landscaping strategies that require limited watering and help to treat and reduce runoff from campus.  

Healthy Buildings

Green buildings are not just designed to be environmentally friendly, but also healthy for the people who spend time in the spaces. We are committed to providing indoor spaces that contribute positively to the health of our students, faculty, and staff.