The University of South Florida St. Petersburg has received the LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the most challenging sustainability certificate to earn. Only 10% to 15% of the buildings in the world meet the criteria. The warehouse laboratory is home to biology, chemistry, and physics labs.
LEED buildings save energy and resources as well as make health a priority. LEED buildings are designed to bring in the good, such as clean air and sunlight, while keeping out harmful chemicals found in paints, furniture, and more. The University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s dedication to sustainable practices even includes solar panels, which now power 15% of the building.
The LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council is based on 9 areas of sustainability: integrative process, location and transportation, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation, and regional priority. USF St. Pete is setting a new standard for sustainable buildings.