Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building standard administered by the Canada Green Building Council. There are four levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Certification is based on points awarded in five categories: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. For more information on LEED, see the Canada Green Building Council’s website at http://www.cagbc.org/index.htm.
Since 2006, all large academic and research capital projects at UTM have been built to LEED silver minimum. UTM has four LEED silver buildings, one LEED gold building and one LEED gold renovation. One building is still pending certification, but will be LEED silver at minimum.
In addition, UTM considers the environment in all construction and renovation projects. Energy-efficient technologies, efficient use of space and other environmentally friendly solutions are taken into consideration for every project that takes place at UTM.