The goal of the challenge, according to the institute's mission statement, is to provoke a fundamental, transformative shift in how we conceive of the built environment.
"These are quite simply the greenest projects in the world," said McLennan in the news release announcing the awards.
"If the building industry follows the example set by these pioneering teams," McLennan said, "we can begin healing our ecosystems and creating a future in which all life can thrive."
"We are honored to receive such a prestigious award, which will serve as a keystone for our continuing commitment to sustainability and the environment," Washington University's Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said.
"The Living Learning Center is a symbol of our commitment to green building," Wrighton said. "The nine LEED-certified buildings Washington University has built in the last few years and the five others that are in the process of certification are testimony to our belief that the future must bring significant reductions in energy use. We have already announced that we intend to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 without purchasing carbon offsets."
LEED is a nationally accepted set of benchmarks for the construction of green buildings.
Tyson Research Center, located 20 miles southwest of WUSTL's Danforth Campus, contains 2,000 acres of woods, prairie, ponds and savannas for faculty and students to conduct environmental research.
The Living Learning Center is a 2,900-square-foot facility that houses a computer lab, classrooms and administrative offices for the research station.
How it all began
"When I took over directorship of the Tyson Research Center in 2007, I thought that if we're going to create a research center that is internationally recognized for its work in environmental sustainability, we should also create facilities in harmony with our mission,
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