Green Design

St. Lawrence the University applies a green building and design strategy to new construction and renovation projects. In 2007 the Johnson Hall of Science, the first LEED Gold Certified Science Building in New York, began operation on our campus.  As part of our commitment to climate neutrality and environmental sustainability all future construction at St. Lawrence will meet the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver Certification.  We invite you to explore our interactive Green Buildings Tour to learn about the green design features incorporated into our buildings.

The goals of St. Lawrence’s Green Building Strategy are as follows:
• To reinforce St. Lawrence University’s commitment to campus environmental excellence.
• To conduct the University’s design and construction process to prioritize energy and sustainability with a commitment to green building principles.
• To foster an integrative green design process that emphasizes a sensible commitment to green design and not simply an accumulation of LEED points.
• To enable the building to function as a first rate space while instructing and inspiring occupants in the principles of environmental sustainability.
• To create an awareness in the campus constituents regarding energy and resource efficiency in the University’s buildings.
• To respond to growing public awareness of environmental issues and human health concerns linked to buildings.
• To recognize that buildings are responsible for a significant portion of the nation’s energy use and environmental footprint.
• To embrace technological advances and the evolution of smart design practices that demonstrate energy conservation and sustainable design practices.