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MANAGING HIGHER ED
to Build Green
How public universities and colleges can accomplish
green development in today's economy using public-private partnerships.
BY JOHN FINKE
UILDING GREEN IS CHALlenging. Few universities have
the discretionary funds and
in-house expertise to accomplish LEED design in today's world of shrinking budgets.
Yet the pressure to build LEED facilities
is increasing. What used to be considered
going above and beyond in making new
buildings environmentally friendly now
feels like an expectation, especially for a
public university with a strong sense of
public purpose close to its heart.
Meeting LEED Standards
Building green can be expensive and
complex. This is especially true when
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building LEED-designed laboratory space
or student housing. The cost of design,
materials, and construction is higher for
LEED buildings. And it is not just the initial design and construction that is pricy.
Ongoing maintenance and future improvements on green buildings require staff to
be specially trained, and that additional