ASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon University is continuing to strive to make its campus more environmentally friendly. SOU announced Monday that it has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold for the construction of its new Raider Village Complex.
The new development consists of two new residence halls and a dining facility that were opened at the beginning of the school year.
The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a guideline program for buildings to be designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental performance. Buildings, communities, and homes can apply for LEED certification and can earn a silver, gold, or platinum rating.
SOU’s Sustainability and Recycling Coordinator Roxane Beigel-Coryell said the campus is constantly trying to go more green.
“Sustainability is really important to our campus. We have a climate action plan to be climate neutral by 2050, and as part of that plan, we have a commitment to build all new buildings to at least a LEED silver standard,” said Beigel-Coryell.
SOU also has a building in Medford that has a LEED Platinum certification.