Sustainable Campus

Green Buildings

Whenever construction of new or renovated buildings is discussed, the environmental impact is assessed to determine how we can construct buildings in the most sustainable manner. In our Campus Master Plan, all new constructed buildings must meet a minimum of LEED Gold certification, while any newly renovated buildings must meet a minimum of LEED Silver certification if applicable. Furthermore, we strive to incorporate other green components that go above and beyond LEED standards.

Other infrastructure projects are also evaluated and pursued as potential Envision projects under the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.


  • Science and Technology Center (STG) was certified LEED Gold in 2013
  • University Student Center (USC) was certified LEED Gold in 2014
  • Lynn Pippenger Hall (LPH) was certified LEED Gold in 2017
  • Warehouse Laboratory received LEED Platinum certification for 2018 from the U.S. Green Building Council
  • The new Residence Hall is planned to be certified LEED Gold in 2019

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BUILDING (STG) – GREEN FEATURES

  • Construction pollution reduction
  • Close proximity to public transportation
  • Bicycle storage
  • Preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Open space promoting biodiversity
  • Stormwater runoff management – limits pollution of natural water flows
  • Roof that reduces urban heat island effect
  • Light pollution reduction
  • Water use reduction
  • Water efficient landscaping
  • Energy efficient building
  • Storage and collection of recyclables
  • 20% recycled content used in building materials
  • 10% of materials used came from within 500 miles of USF St. Petersburg
  • 50% use of Forest Stewardship Council certified wood
  • Follows minimum indoor air quality performance requirements
  • Environmental tobacco smoke control
  • Outdoor air delivery monitoring
  • Low-emitting materials reduces indoor air contaminants

UNIVERSITY STUDENT CENTER (USC) – GREEN FEATURES

  • Construction pollution reduction
  • Close proximity to public transportation
  • Preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles
  • Open space promoting biodiversity
  • Stormwater runoff management plan that limits pollution of natural water flows
  • Roof that reduces urban heat island effect
  • Water use reduction
  • Water efficient landscaping
  • Energy efficient building / Green Power
  • Storage and collection of recyclables
  • Construction waste management
  • 20% recycled content used in building materials
  • 20% of materials used came from within 500 miles of USF St. Petersburg
  • Follows minimum indoor air quality performance requirements
  • Environmental tobacco smoke control
  • Outdoor air delivery monitoring
  • Low-emitting materials reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants