Jackson Street Building LEEDing UGA in Sustainability

The Jackson Street Building on North Campus at the University of Georgia stands out from the sea of historic facades– it’s gold.

While the building itself may not be made of gold, it is certified Gold by the leading standard in the nation for green building, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED program run by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Between the solar panels on the roof and the showers that encourage people to ride their bikes in the bathrooms, the Jackson Street Building is not only environmentally friendly; it’s a fully functional learning environment.

Students and faculty of the College of Environment and Design use the Jackson Street Building to their fullest advantage, with some second year students even camping out on a navy blue futon on the nights they stay up late finishing a project.

Professor Vick hopes that one day all buildings on campus at UGA will be required to have some sort of LEED certification to make our campus not only more sustainable for the environment but an overall healthier place to learn and work.

And if you would like to learn more about the Living Machines concept, go here —¬†http://www.livingmachines.com/Home.aspx

Gracie Thompson

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