Green Buildings

Both the University and the State are making great strides in green building construction and renovation. These projects help the campus conserve energy, reduce the use of raw materials, and save money.

Our goal is for our campus community to live, work, and learn in increasingly efficient and sustainable buildings while enjoying a higher standard of indoor environmental quality.

Green Buildings Standards at UMD:

Carbon Neutral New Construction: The President's Energy Initiatives, announced by President Loh in April 2014, require that buildings on campus conserve 20% of their current electricity use by 2020 and that all new buildings will be powered with zero-carbon energy. 

Green Building Standards: University of Maryland has set a goal that all new construction and major renovations will be high-performance buildings. On top of this, The High Performance Building Program is a Maryland state law, which requires buildings, constructed or renovated solely with State funds to be “high performance” buildings. This program requires new buildings and major renovations to be certified LEED Silver or be built to the 2012 International Green Construction Code as amended by the Maryland Green Building Council. In addition, such projects must meet energy efficiency goals such that energy efficiency is 15% better than the current energy code.

Design Criteria/Facilities Standards (DCFS): the University standards and design guidelines for new construction and building renovations, set the requirements on operations and maintenance, safety, energy efficiency, and material finishes. To insure the University’s projects are designed in compliance with the University’s green building commitment and the High Performance Buildings Act, the DCFS is being revised to address environmental stewardship and LEED design criteria.

Click the photos below to learn more about some of the University of Maryland's green buildings:

  • Iribe Center

    The state-of-the-art Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering opened in 2019. The Iribe Center is a hub for technology with six floors of specialized labs, classrooms, auditoriums, offices and a fully-equipped maker space offer unprecedented opportunities for students and faculty to innovate.

  • A. James Clark Hall

    A. James Clark Hall

    A. James Clark Hall is an iconic LEED gold building. Clark Hall supports the Clark School of Engineering’s rapidly growing programs while bringing together disciplines under one roof, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and growth.

  • HJ Patterson Hall

    HJ Patterson Hall (Wing 1)

    HJ Patterson Hall (Wing 1) is LEED silver certified. Wing 1 includes units from the Office of International Affairs and College of Arts and Humanities. It is also home to the very popular, Samovar Ramen Noodle Bar.

  • Prince Frederick Hall

    Prince Frederick Hall

    Prince Frederick Hall is a LEED Gold certified building that opened in fall 2014. Housing nearly 500 students, it has lower operating costs, higher water efficiency, optimized energy performance, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center

    Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center

    The Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center is a 187,000-square-foot space, which includes 12 classrooms and nine teaching labs with a total of 1,500 seats. It is LEED Gold certified.

  • South Campus Commons 7

    South Campus Commons 7

    In January, 2010, the university opened the doors to its first LEED Certified student housing facility.

  • Knight Hall

    Knight Hall

    Knight Hall, the home of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, opened its doors in the winter of 2010 as the first university-owned and operated green building.

  • Oakland Hall

    Oakland Hall

    Oakland Hall opened in the fall of 2011 as the campus’s second LEED Gold Certified residential facility.

  • Physical Sciences Complex

    Physical Sciences Complex

    The Physical Sciences Complex (PSC) opened in spring 2014 and earned LEED Gold Certification. This Complex includes a remarkable array of high-tech laboratories with equipment unsurpassed by any university facility in the country.

  • University House

    University House

    The University House, a 14,000 square foot facility located on the west side of the University of Maryland's College Park campus, achieved LEED Gold status.

  • Pocomoke Building

    Pocomoke Building

    The Pocomoke Building stands proudly on Route 1, a LEED Gold Certified building.

  • Chincoteague Hall

    Chincoteague Hall

    Chincoteague Hall is the first LEED Gold Certified Renovation project at UMD. The renovation process of the 22,648 square foot building still managed to divert 92% of construction waste away from landfills.

  • Wye Oak Building

    Wye Oak Building

    The Wye Oak Building achieved LEED Silver certification on 7/27/2015. Substantially completed in January, 2014 this 12,774 GSF building houses units of the Building Landscape Services Department. This building also achieved a rating of Three Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative (GBI) rating system.