From Vanderbilt News:
U.S. Green Building Council President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam presented Vanderbilt with a plaque designating the university’s Engineering and Science Building and Eskind Biomedical Library with LEED Gold status at a community-wide gathering on Tuesday afternoon in the Engineering and Science Building lobby.
“It is an honor for Vanderbilt to receive this designation from the USGBC. The recognition this brings will be carried forward by every person who enters this building, not just by seeing the plaque recognizing the distinction, but also in terms of how they will be working, learning and discovering here,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the rating system used to rank buildings of all types as either certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum based on a building’s environmental and cost-saving green features. The Engineering and Science Building and Eskind Biomedical Library are the university’s 19th and 20th LEED-certified buildings, respectively. These designations come after Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos announced in April 2019 that the university will carry out a comprehensive long-term strategy to significantly reduce its environmental footprint by 2050.
The Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center, which reopened in July 2018 after a yearlong renovation, is energy efficient and meets modern technology requirements. The renovated design includes technology-enhanced classrooms and study spaces, a lounge, a rooftop patio, and flexible seating and learning spaces designed for interactive teaching strategies that complement the School of Medicine’s Curriculum 2.0. The building’s design also was recognized for its use of low-emitting materials and reduction in potable water use and interior lighting power, among several other green features.
Direct to Eskind Biomedical Library Website