Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Guillermo Salazar, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Jeffrey Solomon, Committee Member

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Judith Nitsch, Committee Member

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Janet Richardson, Committee Member

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Alfredo DiMauro, Committee Member

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Leonard Albano, Committee Member

Identifier

etd-043008-121318

Abstract

College campuses, with significant numbers of older facilities, have the opportunity to lead the green building movement while reaping economic, health, environmental, educational, and marketing benefits. This project assessed the current status of green building programs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the costs and benefits of building green, and the costs and benefits of LEED certification to make the business case for LEED-certified buildings. This project also proposed a strategic plan for green building programs at WPI to promote and measure green building improvements to new and existing facilities. Lastly, this project assessed the feasibility of certifying existing facilities with the LEED Existing Building rating system. By evaluating all of the costs and the major benefits, the results of this project demonstrate that the benefits of building green and LEED certification outweigh the costs and that through strategic planning WPI can become a leader among colleges implementing green building programs.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2008-04-30

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

Balanced Scorecard, LEED, Green Building, Universities and colleges, Environmental aspects, Green movement$zUnited States, Sustainable buildings

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