Kirsch Center

Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies

USGBC LEED Platinum Rating

What is LEED®?

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating SystemTM encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' performance.

LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability in five key areas of human and environmental health:

  • Sustainable site development
  • Water savings
  • Energy efficiency
  • Materials selection
  • Indoor environmental quality
LEED Platinum 2008 U.S. Green Building Council EmblemThe Kirsch Center reached a total score of 52 points out of a possible 69
  • Sustainable Sites 11/14
  • Water Efficiency 3/5
  • Energy and Atmosphere 16/17
  • Materials and Resources 4/9
  • Indoor Air Quality 15/15
  • Innovation and Design Process 3/5

See the full scoreboard with point details.



Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies
Building: KC 218
Contact: Pat Cornely, Executive Director
Phone: 408.864.8628

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Last Updated: 4/6/09