Ball State recognized for energy efficient buildings, campus

September 9, 2011

Ball State University – located in Muncie, Indiana – was recently recognized for having energy efficient buildings.

The university received the silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the David Letterman Communication and Media Building, according to the Ball State Daily News. The late-night comedian is one of the school’s most famous alums.

“The LEED silver certification brings a lot of recognition to the building,” director of the Center for Energy Research, Education and Service Robert Koester told the news source. “We have several buildings here on campus that are already LEED silver certified and Studebaker is under construction right now to become LEED silver certified.”

The USGBC started the LEED program in 2000 to help people identify and implement strategies to make energy effecient buildings or retrofit buildings to make them more green.

In addition to the LEED rating for the Letterman building, the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education gave the school as a whole a silver Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System rating, according to the Daily News.

The Sustainable Endowments Institute gave Ball State a C+ on its College Sustainability Report Card in 2011.