Green Building

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Tulane’s green building efforts began with the construction of the Israel Environmental Sciences Building and the accompanying renovation of Alcee Fortier Hall in 1999. The renovation of Dinwiddie Hall is the first campus green building project guided by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) standard. The building was certified LEED Gold in March 2011.

In 2011, the university adopted Green Building Design and Construction Standards and Guidelines for all significant university construction and renovation projects. Since that time, Tulane has achieved LEED certification for new residence halls, laboratory facilities, athletic venues, and office and classroom spaces. Tours of the LEED buildings’ green features can be arranged for classes, student organizations, and outside groups by contacting the Office of Sustainability or the Office of University Planning.

Many Tulane students, staff and faculty are engaged in projects that promote sustainable building and neighborhood planning in the city’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Tulane’s first LEED certified project is a house designed and built by Tulane School of Architecture professors and students working in the URBANBuild program. Certified silver under LEED for Homes, the house is one of several affordable and sustainable URBANBuild homes. The Tulane City Center houses the School of Architecture’s urban research and outreach programs and places a strong emphasis on sustainability in its work.

Efforts to operate environmentally-sound, healthy buildings extend beyond construction and design.  For example, Facilities Services on the Uptown campus works with its custodial provider to use low-impact green cleaning procedures. In 2015, Sustainable Operations and Maintenance Guidelines were developed for energy efficiency, facility maintenance and renovation, and site management.  Links to these guidelines can be found below. 

Project Profiles
  1. Yulman Stadium (Certified LEED Silver)
  2. Barbara Greenbaum House (Certified LEED Gold)
  3. Tulane School of Social Work at Elk’s Place (Certified LEED Gold)
  4. Flower Hall (Certified LEED Silver)
  5. J. Bennett Johnston Renovations (Certified LEED Gold)
  6. Dinwiddie Hall (Certified LEED Gold)
  7. Weatherhead Hall (Certified LEED Gold)
  8. Hertz Center (Certified LEED Gold)

Green Building User’s Guides
  1. Dinwiddie Hall
  2. Flower Hall
  3. Greenbaum House
  4. Hertz Center
  5. Weatherhead Hall

  1. Tulane University Green Building Design, Construction Standards & Guidelines (2011)
  2. Sustainable Operations and Maintenance Guidelines (2015)
  3. Office of Sustainability
  4. University Planning
  5. Tulane City Center
  6. Tulane School of Architecture
  7. Uptown Campus Facilities Services Green Cleaning Policy
  8. URBANbuild

Read More
  1. Tulane recognized as ‘industry pioneer’ in sustainable building (New Wave, October 24, 2012)
  2. Richardson Memorial Hall Sustainable Strategies I (Dean’s Blog, June 28, 2011)
  3. Green Built, Gold Certified (New Wave, April 1, 2011)
  4. Homeowner Happy in Tulane-Designed ‘Green’ House (New Wave, December 17, 2010)
  5. Tulane University Building may be First for Louisiana (News release, August 31, 2010)
  6. Dinwiddie Project Opens Doors for Green Builders (New Wave, August 5, 2010)
  7. Green Legacy (New Wave, May 5, 2010)
  8. New Residence Hall, Energy Upgrades Ahead (New Wave,November 12, 2009)
  9. Green Future for Dinwiddie Hall (New Wave, June 9, 2009)
  10. Lavin-Bernick Center Leads the Way in Green Design (New Wave, April 25, 2008)
  11. Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life (The American Institute of Architects: Top Ten Green Projects)
  12. Tulane helps community build urban farm (New Wave, December 13, 2007)
  13. How to talk green, and know what it means (Times-Picayune, December 1, 2007)
  14. Making Waves: Award-winning Student Center is a Study in Green Living
    (Times-Picayune, September 22, 2008)