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WKU, USGBC to recognize 3 LEED certified buildings on Oct. 28

WKU will celebrate Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday (Oct. 28) with a recognition ceremony for three LEED certified buildings and the announcement of this year’s recipient of the WKU Sustainability Scholarship.

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WKU’s Campus Sustainability Day events on Oct. 28 will feature a recognition ceremony for three LEED certified buildings.

The LEED recognition ceremony, hosted by WKU and the U.S. Green Building Council, will begin at 3 p.m. at Gary Ransdell Hall, which became WKU’s first LEED certified building in 2011. Two other buildings – Music Hall and Augenstein Alumni Center – also will be recognized for achieving LEED certification. LEED plaques and Governor’s certificates will be installed and unveiled at each building.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® green building program is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings. USGBC awards LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at four levels – Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Gary Ransdell Hall achieved LEED Gold; Music Hall achieved LEED Silver; and Augenstein Alumni Center achieved LEED Certified. WKU has been a member of USGBC since 2007.

The recognition ceremony will feature remarks from WKU President Gary Ransdell; Jeff Stivers of RossTarrant Architects; Greg Guess, director of Energy Efficiency and Conservation with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet; Emily Ashburn, advocacy chair of USGBC Kentucky; Jay Todd Richey, president of Student Government Association; and Christian Ryan, WKU sustainability coordinator.

Following the ceremony, guests will make their way up the Hill to Music Hall then to Augenstein Alumni Center. WKU’s Student USGBC will participate as will the LEED Accredited Professionals on WKU’s staff.

A reception at the alumni center will feature the announcement of the scholarship recipient, sponsored by the M.A. Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities, Office of Sustainability Green Fund, and University College.

As part of the Campus Sustainability Day celebration, the WKU community will have the opportunity to participate in an online trivia green building contest and a GreenToppers Pumpkin Sale.

For more about WKU’s LEED certified buildings and Campus Sustainability Day, visit www.wku.edu/gogreen and follow #GoGreenWKU on social media.

Contact: Christian Ryan, (270) 745-2508

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