DALLAS, TX — Southern Methodist University''s (SMU) lush landscaping has been recognized by the Grounds Management Society for "exceptional grounds maintenance," and it leads the state of Texas in green sustainability buildings, according to The Daily Campus.
In 2006, the J. Lindsay Embrey building, which houses the mechanical, environmental and civil engineering departments, was the first university building in Texas to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified, the article noted.
According to the article, Embrey is certified Gold because it was built to reduce the need for indoor lighting. Its large windows and central three-story column allow the building to run on daylight.
"A huge amount of credit with this accomplishment [LEED certified buildings] goes to Dean Orsak who pushed for the very first LEED building, then pushed that it be Gold," said Michael Paul, executive director of facilities management and sustainability at SMU.
The next building expected to be LEED Gold-certified is Caruth Hall, which opened this spring and will be a part of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, the article added.
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