On the Radio: Iowa State University earns LEED certification


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This week’s On the Radio segment covers Iowa State University’s achievements in environmentally focused building design. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

Iowa State University continues to strive towards environmental sustainability.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Iowa State’s Bergstrom Football Complex recently received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification from the US Green Building Council.

It is the seventh ISU building to receive a LEED certification.

Some of the major factors that contributed to the Bergstrom project’s LEED  included recycling construction waste and keeping material purchases local.

Approximately 98 percent of the waste left over by the construction of the building was recycled, and 12 percent of the materials used during construction were extracted and manufactured within a 500-mile radius of Iowa State’s campus.

The construction also reduced the building’s water consumption by 53 percent compared to a building designed to state code.

The Iowa Board of Regent’s sustainability plan states that all new buildings at Iowa’s three regent schools should strive to receive a LEED silver certification.

To learn more, head over to iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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