The USF System has established an Office of Sustainability with a mission to coordinate and build partnerships for university-wide initiatives that advance the University of South Florida's strategic goal of creating a sustainable campus environment. In support of this initiative, USF System President Judy Genshaft has signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment.
USF Sarasota-Manatee Facilities Planning and Management is committed to operate and maintain the physical resources in a manner that promotes sustainability and provides the maximum stewardship of the natural environment. While the goal of improved sustainability is the responsibility of all departments at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Facilities Planning and Management stands uniquely positioned to lead the effort by implementing an expansion of its current initiatives related to mass transportation improvements, energy conservation, green cleaning and recycling.
In the continuing commitment to promote sustainability and environmentally responsive design, Facilities Planning and Management is pursuing a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. The unit has implemented an agreement with a consulting team of architects, engineers and LEED certified professionals to perform the required assessment of the campus facilities and to prepare the LEED application documents. The initial phase of the analysis is completed, and the final application is expected to be submitted in 2011. When the certification process is completed, the USF Sarasota-Manatee facilities will be the first within the USF System to receive the coveted designation.
The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: Site Planning, Water Management, Energy Management, Material Use, Indoor Air Quality and Innovation & Design Process.
LEED presents a complete framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals. Based on well-founded scientific standards LEED emphasizes state of the art strategies for its five categories. Each category has credits and points. LEED has certification level based on points achieved.
LEED offers environmental benefits, economic, community, health and safety benefits, reduces the impact on natural resources consumption, enhances occupant comfort and health, and minimizes strain on local infrastructure.