Where are institutions pursuing LEED Lab?
We are excited to announce that with the start of a new semester, we have added five new universities and one new country to our list of institutions participating in LEED Lab—Agnes Scott College, Kean University, Kennesaw State University and Tuskegee University in the United States and Universidad Don Bosco in El Salvador.
Since LEED Lab launched as a new partnership opportunity three years ago, we have signed on 24 post-secondary institutions from around the world, including Egypt, India, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, Taiwan and the United States. We also have an additional 100 institutions in the pipeline who have expressed interest in LEED Lab. We will continue to grow at the global level to prepare the next generation of green building leaders and sustainability-focused citizens.
Why are institutions pursuing LEED Lab?
Currently, there are nearly 8,000 higher education projects participating in LEED, comprising more than 741.73 million square feet of space. At the heart of this push are facility and sustainability professionals who are responsible for managing the physical aspects and daily operations of buildings and who play a key role in contributing to sustainability planning at the campus level.
However, many institutions are underfunded and lack the resources facility managers need to implement campus sustainability programs. By participating in LEED Lab, campus sustainability and facilities professionals can use their greatest untapped resources to achieve LEED O+M certification—students at their own institution—and in doing so, bridge the capacity gap on campus for sustainable integration efforts.
LEED Lab also helps institutions provide their students with the skills needed for 21st century jobs post-graduation. In order to prepare students for careers and help them achieve the skills they need to be successful, we need innovative higher education courses. Post-secondary institutions are turning to LEED Lab as a way to provide experiential learning opportunities that can positively impact their campus environment, while also providing their students with hands-on experiences that develop 21st century skills.
LEED Lab provides an innovative solution for curriculum and delivers competency-based education, meeting the demands of employers by equipping students with career-ready skills and knowledge that can be quickly deployed upon completion.