NSU Turns Being Green into Gold
(NSU Newsroom—April 11, 2014)—The Lyman Beecher Brooks Library at Norfolk State University has received a top environmental certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The library was awarded the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certificate.
LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best strategies and practices. To receive the certification, building projects have to satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.
“This is great news,” said Anton V. Kashiri, associate vice president of facilities management. “The University initially anticipated LEED Silver, but exceeded the expectation and achieved the LEED Gold certification.”
NSU is a charter member of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment organization, which urges its members to move toward green campuses and sustainability. In addition, the state has mandated that all new and renovated buildings are to meet state energy conservation and environmental performance standards. All future buildings at Norfolk State are to be LEED certified, including the nursing and classroom building now under construction.
The library, dedicated in March 2012, has a three-story, 90-foot high glass rotunda and includes a computer resource lab, e-learning suite, internet café and the University archives.
“The new Brooks Library will not only provide a beautiful, comfortable, and educational environment for university students, faculty, and visitors, but will conserve resources and reduce operating costs,” said George Nasis of Moseley Architects, the managing principal. “This achievement is reflective of NSU's commitment to sustainable design, efficiency, and environmental stewardship.”