Purdue University’s Honors College and Residences achieved LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and celebrated the honor on Jan. 29. LEED, otherwise known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is awarded to structures that are built sustainably. Certification criteria is based off of access to public transportation, clean air standards, design innovation, community, and overall energy efficiency. The project earned 66 LEED points to achieve the second-highest certification level. The Honors College is expected to be 40 percent more efficient than the Indiana energy code requires. According to the university, 2 million gallons of water will be saved each year from efficient shower and faucet fixtures. Twenty percent of the materials utilized for the project were sourced locally, exceeding the 10 percent standard that is required to attain gold status. Not only is this building green, it’s also economically resourceful. The 324,000 square foot living and learning residence halls took 18 months to build, making it the fastest completion time for a Purdue residence hall. Congratulations to the Indianapolis region for building sustainably, responsibly and safely!