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Third University Building Achieves LEED Certification

Third University Building Achieves LEED Certification

The University’s 117,420-square-foot Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, silver-level certification.

LEED certification is the premier achievement in green building practice. Facilities must meet or exceed requirements set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Leahy Hall is the third University building to achieve LEED certification. The 118,000-square-foot Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center achieved silver recognition in 2009, becoming the city of Scranton’s first LEED-certified building. The University’s 200,000-square-foot Loyola Science Center earned LEED gold status in 2014.

Materials, along with water- and energy-saving devices, were among the key factors considered for the Leahy Hall certification. Among the many green features of the eight-story building are a green roof and patio; water-efficient landscaping; use of recycled materials; an innovative automated heating and high-efficiency air conditioning temperature control system; low-consumption water fixtures; lighting controls; and occupancy sensors and efficient lighting, including LED light fixtures and LED exterior lighting. Also, many materials for Leahy Hall were sourced from within 500 miles.

“In addition, as is the practice on the rest of our campus, green cleaning supplies and equipment are used to maintain Leahy Hall by our facilities operations staff on a daily basis,” said Mark Murphy, director of sustainability, who also noted that many of the environmentally friendly features of the LEED certified buildings are used in other University facilities.

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