By: Kathleen McDonnell
Nine administrators at the University of Notre Dame recently have been accredited as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professionals.
Individuals who have achieved LEED certification are: Rachel Novick, Office of Sustainability; Debbie Murray, maintenance; Bob Werner, Utilities; and Pam Jones, Mike Daly, Craig Tiller, Tony Polotto, Victor Saavedra and Doug Marsh, Office of the University Architect.
Administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED has become the global standard for measuring the sustainability of facilities. The USGBC administers a national exam which certifies design professionals and contractors who have a high level of understanding of green building initiatives, concepts and methodologies.
The University currently has five buildings registered for eventual LEED certification and the Department of Business Operations expects most, if not all, future major facilities to be constructed along LEED standards.