— The Oregon State University
(OSU) Energy Center
was recently awarded a Platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC), according to the Gazette-Times
The LEED-Platinum designation makes the Energy Center
the first building on OSU''s campus and the first power facility in the nation to receive such a rating, the story stated.
The Energy Center
, which opened in June 2010, was constructed of recycled building materials and utilizes rainwater harvesting and water-efficient landscaping, the story noted.
Compared to the old plant, the new building is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 38 percent and save the university upwards of $650,000 each year in energy costs, the story added.