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Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)

Cline Library, through the continued use of sustainable operations and maintenance practices, demonstrates a commitment to excellence in energy efficiency, water efficiency, and environmental mindfulness.  The library, in tandem with NAU’s Facility Services, is currently in pursuit of LEED Certification through the Existing Buildings rating system, and is expected to be the first previously existing academic library to become certified for sustainable operations.

The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, provides a standard of measurement for sustainable building design, maintenance and operations. Its popularity made LEED certification an internationally recognized program for showcasing green buildings around the globe. Achieving LEED certification provides worldwide recognition for these efforts, and further establishes the library as a flagship building for sustainable practices. Certification provides recognition of NAU’s dedication to sustainable building practices beyond the design and construction phrase and into the management and operations of existing buildings on campus.

Certification Efforts:

Sustainable Policies

The establishment of sustainable building policies aids in the reduction of a building’s environmental impact. Many of the policies required by the USGBC for LEED Certification reflect behaviors and procedures that have already been in place at Cline Library, but the formalization of sustainable procedures into official policy ensures the longevity of these behaviors.

Occupant Surveys

Regularly conducting occupant-focused surveys can produce many benefits that allow for the reduction of a building’s environmental impact. Cline Library has previously excelled at compiling helpful occupant data, but the environmental focus of the LEED required surveys begins the process of data collection with the intention of identifying environmental solutions and opportunities based on the needs and trends of library users. Surveys also provide an opportunity for regular building occupants to give feedback on their overall satisfaction with operational procedures and environmental at place the indoor environment of the building. This feedback may highlight mechanical or comfort issues that have previously gone unnoticed during day-to-day operations. 

Survey Results

Educational Outreach

Cline Library always strives to provide access and communication services to students and the community members who visit the library. In the current pursuit of LEED certification, this is solidified by the creation of a sustainable outreach program. LCD displays are utilized throughout the library to notify students and visitors of sustainable items available for loan including an energy meter, environmentally-friendly behaviors that can be practiced while visiting, and the strides taken by the library to reduce its carbon footprint. The LCD displays inform visitors of current maintenance and renovation work; especially those intended to increase energy efficiency. Outreach for the library is done outside of the building as well. Library staff are often found tabling at Green NAU events on campus in support of the sustainable initiatives at work across the entire university.