Energy and Buildings



LEED Gold Buildings

All new buildings are designed to achieve LEED Gold standards. The 4 LEED Gold buildings feature:

  • Native, drought-tolerant plants
  • High efficiency energy systems and water fixtures
  • Forest Stewardship Council certified wood products
  • Building products made locally, of recycled materials and with a low VOC content  

Our Facilities Master Plan outlines how Seattle University integrates sustainable design principles into our buildings and grounds.


Solar panels, green roof, and a rainwater cistern mark our first LEED-Gold building, built in 2009. 

Renovating a warehouse, Energy Star rated office equipment, GreenGuard Certified furniture, and reused furniture are the hallmarks of this LEED Gold building. 

A rain garden, a chilled beam that cools the computer lab, and a raised floor suppling warm air near occupants’ feet are the highlights of the LEED Gold library addition.


Windows with a view, parking for 50 bikes, and 30% more outdoor air ventilation are the green features of our fourth LEED-Gold building.

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