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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.76
Liaison Meghan Chapple
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

George Washington University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.32 / 3.00 Nancy Giammatteo
Director, Office of Planning and Design Review
Division of Operations
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Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations?:
Yes or No
LEED or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) Yes
The DGNB system, Green Star, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM, CASBEE, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
The Living Building Challenge No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list of certified buildings and ratings:

South Hall 2010 (gold) 214,346 sf
West Hall 2010 (gold) 139,591 sf
Lafayette Hall 2012 (gold) 36,035 sf
Smith Center 2012 (gold) 129,302 sf
Ames Hall 2012 (gold) 55,713 sf
Law Clinic 2014 (gold) 27,651 sf
Ross Hall 2014 (gold) 34,930 sf
Museum Conservation Center 2014 (silver) 55,050 sf
LLC and G St Garage 2014 (silver) 37,658 sf
School of Public Health 2014 (platinum) 130,807 sf
GW Museum 2014 (gold) 50,394 sf


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
911,477 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 0 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 92,708 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 687,962 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 130,807 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 3-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
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Highest Achievable Level ---

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
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Floor area of building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
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Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations:
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Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
0 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
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A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

GW's Amsterdam Hall (formerly called New Hall) was built in accordance to green standards prior to the widespread adoption of the LEED standards. This building came online in 1997.


A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with green building design and construction guidelines and policies:

It is university policy to achieve at least LEED Silver status for all new construction and major renovations. This has been achieved since the policy was adopted in 2009 by earning one LEED Platinum certification, eight LEED Gold certifications, and two LEED Silver certifications from USGBC .


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or green building design and construction guidelines or policies is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.