Building a Sustainable Future

In 2007, The Clifford and Camille Kendall Academic Center was certified LEED Gold by the US Green Building Council. Since then, the Universities at Shady Grove has made sustainability one of its core principles. From a recycling program that consistently performs in the top 30% of county businesses to green vehicle charging stations and carpool discounts, the Universities at Shady Grove embraces sustainability.

In 2015 The Universities at Shady Grove signed on to the President’s “American Campuses Act on Climate” pledge and since then, we have retrofitted and recommissioned our existing buildings. The Traville Gateway Garage has daylight sensors, a rainwater capture system, and energy efficient elevators. In 2019, we completed the crown jewel of our campus’ sustainability program, the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Building. Thanks to the innovative use of chilled beams, high efficiency condensing boilers, rainwater recapture, and an extensive array of solar panels, the BSE received LEED Platinum certification. It is truly one of the most sustainable buildings of its kind.

As campus continues to grow, so do our sustainability efforts. We plan to pursue LEED for Existing Buildings certification in Building 1, and are in the process of retrofitting our streetlights to energy-saving LEDs. Additionally, the Shady Grove Garage received ParkSmart Bronze Certification. ParkSmart is the world’s only certification program that defines, measures and recognizes high-performing, sustainable garages. To view an interactive map listing the green features in our buildings and on our campus, click here.