The University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus is committed to implementing sustainable design principles on all campus buildings with the aim of conserving energy, water as well as administering superior healthy spaces to study, work, and live.
Green Building Goals
- All new buildings should meet LEED Gold, while any newly renovated buildings should meet LEED Silver standards, or equivalent green building standards as a minimum.
- All chemicals and equipment used for cleaning must meet or exceed the U.S. Green Building Council LEED’s guidelines and must be proven sustainable products.
- Reduce total campus building electricity consumption.
- Integrate campus-wide energy management system for existing buildings.
- Evaluate and pursue other infrastructure projects as potential Envision projects under the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.
1. LEED Certified Buildings
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across several categories namely; CO2 emissions reduction, energy savings, water efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
LEED Rating Levels
|Building Name||Gross Square Foot (GSF)||LEED Status|
|Campus Welcome Center||354||None|
|Central Utility Plant||3,392||None|
Davis Hall Sustainable Design Features
LEED Silver ID+C (v4)
|Fifth Avenue Parking Facility||360,000||None|
|Haney Sailing Center||2,372||None|
|Lynn Pippenger Hall||68,000||
LEED Gold New Construction (v3) Completed: 2016 LEED Scorecard
|One 5th Avenue South Bldg||3,913||None|
|Peter Rudy Wallace||9,636||None|
|Plant Operations & Receiving||8,916||None|
|Nelson Poynter Memorial Library||115,040||None|
|Poynter Warehouse Lab||15,000||LEED Platinum
Major Renovation (v4) Completed: 2017 LEED Scorecard
|Residence Hall One||125,000||None|
|Student Life Center||30,720||None|
|Science & Technology||34,072||
LEED Gold New Construction (v2.2) Completed: 2009 LEED Scorecard
|Snell Historic House||3,610||None|
|Special Services Building||2,973||None|
LEED Silver New Construction (v4) Completed: 2020 LEED Scorecard
|University Research Labs||2,880||None|
|University Student Center||92,770||LEED Gold New Construction (v3) Completed: 2012 LEED Scorecard|
2. LEED GA Training & Certification Series
This is a professional development program offered in Spring and Fall semesters to provide students the opportunity to become a LEED Green Associate at a subsidized rate.
Participating students gain valuable skills which they get to apply on-campus through sustainability projects intended to reduce our carbon footprint.
Interested in becoming a LEED Green Associate? Learn More....
3. Green Cleaning
The Green Cleaning program is an ongoing project at USF St. Petersburg campus. The goal of this initiative is to ensure USF St. Petersburg campus is using the most sustainable, eco-friendly, and nontoxic cleaning products in alignment with its sustainability mission.
*The program involves periodical training offered to the custodial staff about the environmental, health and cost benefits of green cleaning, as well as about green cleaning products, equipment and techniques on campus.