Pacific Lutheran University is currently in the process of remodeling and reconstructing multiple buildings throughout campus. The goal: for each building to obtain a LEED Rating of Gold. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized certification system designed to determine whether or not buildings are considered green or sustainable. Put forth by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED uses strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics including energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. The ratings are broken down into Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum on a multiple point scale. Within the rating system, buildings and institutions are graded on sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation & design process. For more information on LEED certification and ratings, please visit the USGBC website.

Neeb building

Martin J. Neeb Center

The Neeb Center is currently home to the campus’ Office of Development, as well as the KPLU radio station 88.5. In addition, students can find that the building is designed to meet multiple communication and broadcasting needs. In 2009, the Neeb Center was awarded a Gold LEED rating by the USGBC shortly after construction. As it currently stands, it is the one of two buildings on campus that has earned LEED Gold, but our office here at Sustainability is making improvements to multiple buildings on campus in hopes to achieve more LEED ratings.

Morken building

Morken Center for Learning and Technology

The Morken Building or the Morken Center for Learning and Technology is home to the School of Business and to the Division of Natural Sciences’ Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, Department of Mathematics, and Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA Program. On July 31, 2006, the Morken Building was given a Gold rating by the USGBC, joining only the Neeb Center to be given a Gold building rating here on campus.

Anderson University Center building

University Center

Following the completion of the 2006-2007 academic year, the University Center underwent construction renovations. Home to campus’ Dining Services, Auxiliary Services, Campus Concierge, Residential Life, Cafeteria and multiple other departments, the UC building took strides to becoming USGBC LEED Certified. On May 5, 2008, the UC earned LEED Silver ratings, becoming the third building on campus to LEED ranked by the USGBC.