Green Building

In the spring of 2008, student Bryce Blum '10 drafted a Green Building Policy for the College that would require all new construction and major renovations to meet LEED Silver standards. The Sustainability Task Force is now in the process of getting it officially adopted by the administration. Read Trinity's Green Building Policy.


The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is a self-assessing system designed for rating new and existing commercial, institutional, and high-rise resdential buildings. It is a feature-oriented system where points are earned for satisfying each criterion. Different levels of green building certification are awarded based on the total points earned. The system is designed to be comprehensive in scope, yet simple in operation. Certification levels include Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

Criteria are grouped into six major categories with a prespecified amount of possible points. Major categories are further defined into multiple credit topics that describe the intent, requirements, and basic technologies/strategies for each credit. Four of the major categories have one or more prerequisites that do not accumulate points.

The major categories are:

  • Sustainable Sites (ex: erosion and sediment control, bicycle storage, storm water treatment)

  • Water Efficiency (ex: reduce or eliminate irrigation, water-efficient landscaping)

  • Energy and Atmosphere (ex: building systems commissioning, energy analysis, eliminiation of HCFCs)

  • Materials and Resources (ex: recycling areas, certified wood and construction waste management)

  • Indoor Environmental Quality (ex: low-emitting paints, energy monitoring)

  • Innovation and Design Process (ex: emissions reduction, ENERGY STAR appliances)