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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 Silver
Overall Score 57.22
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Southern Oregon University
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.22 / 3.00 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
256,733 Square Feet

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified at each level under a rating system for design and construction used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) :
Certified Floor Area
LEED BD+C Platinum or at the highest achievable level under another rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Gold or at the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 220,635 Square Feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g. BREEAM, CASBEE, DGNB, Green Star) 0 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Silver or at a step above minimum level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a non-GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g. Green Globes NC, Certified Passive House):
0 Square Feet

Percentage of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a green building rating system for design and construction:
85.94

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

SOU's LEED Gold Certified Raider Village housing and dining complex opened in Fall 2013. The complex includes two residence halls and the campus dining hall.

The SOU/RCC Higher Education Center, not included in this credit, is LEED Platinum Certified.


Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space that is NOT certified, but that was designed and constructed in accordance with published green building guidelines and policies:
36,098 Square Feet

A copy of the green building guidelines or policies :
The green building guidelines or policies:
Do the green building guidelines or policies cover the following?:
Yes or No
Impacts on the surrounding site (e.g. guidelines to reuse previously developed land, protect environmentally sensitive areas, and otherwise minimize site impacts) Yes
Energy consumption (e.g. policies requiring a minimum level of energy efficiency for buildings and their systems) Yes
Building-level energy metering No
Use of environmentally preferable materials (e.g. guidelines to minimize the life cycle impacts associated with building materials) No
Indoor environmental quality (i.e. guidelines to protect the health and comfort of building occupants) Yes
Water consumption (e.g. requiring minimum standards of efficiency for indoor and outdoor water use) No
Building-level water metering No

A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

SOU's Green Purchasing Policy includes a section on Green Building, stating:

"8. Green Building
a. Green building concepts shall be integrated into architectural designs, construction documents, and the construction of and renovations to all SOU buildings.
b. All new buildings and major renovation projects shall achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver Certification, at a minimum. New buildings shall target LEED Gold or Platinum Certification.
c. When purchasing materials such as paint, carpeting, adhesives, furniture and casework for building maintenance, products with the lowest amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the highest recycled content, and low or no formaldehyde shall be used. Paint used on the campus shall meet the Green Seal GS-11 Standard for Low VOC content.
d. The distributors and/or manufacturers of all carpet installed at SOU shall have a carpet recycling plan.
e. The use of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) and halon-containing refrigerants, solvents, and other products shall be phased out. New purchases of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration, insulation, and fire suppression systems shall not contain these chemicals."

Green Building is also addressed in the Capital Construction and Contracting policy: https://inside.sou.edu/assets/policies/CapitalConstructionandContracting.pdf

Churchill Hall was renovated 2012 in accordance with green building guidelines, but did not seek certification. The construction documents required the renovation to exceed the state building code by 20 percent or more regarding energy, and for project to be a model of energy efficiency.

Raider Village, a residential and dining complex, was constructed in 2013, receiving LEED Gold certification in early 2014.


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

All major facility projects will be planned, designed, constructed, and renovated to meet high performance building standards for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability as defined by the Department of Energy and the State of Oregon.

1. State Energy Efficiency Design is the policy of the State of Oregon that facilities to be constructed or purchased by authorized state agencies be designed, constructed, renovated, and operated so as to minimize the use of nonrenewable energy resources and to serve as models of energy efficiency per ORS 276.900 through 276.915.

2. Green building design and construction is an integral part of the university’s Capital Construction. Institution
projects should consider design standards that incorporate the 'Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design'
(LEED) Silver standards or higher standards, which promote buildings that significantly reduce or eliminate the
negative impact of buildings on the environment and occupants.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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