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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 65.93
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Missouri
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.04 / 3.00 Alicia LaVaute
Sr. Recycling & Waste Minimization Specialist
Sustainability Office
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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:

University of Missouri utilizes a campus-wide approach to sustainable construction thought the continued development and implementation of Sustainable Design Guidelines. The MU Sustainable Design Guidelines set standards for design and construction that at minimum meets the requirements of LEED Certified construction.


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
443,945 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) 20,548 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 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::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

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::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Feet
4th Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Mid-Level 0 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level 0 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
381,301 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
Aug. 22, 2011

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

To further the Campus’ commitment to sustainable design, the University developed a campus-wide approach to sustainable building using LEED as a framework. MU held its first workshop to develop this approach to building facility sustainability in May of 2011. The resulting collection of strategies has become the content of the University’s Sustainable Design Guidelines (SDG). Campus Facilities continues to hold workshops with division directors semi-annually in order to review the effectiveness of current policies and update the SDG. The campus as a whole has one LEED certified buildings, and six projects in the process of certification.


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

The University reviews the effectiveness of the SDG and sustainability policies semi-annually. Prior to design and construction, Campus Facilities provides a sustainability packet to consultants and contractors. This packet includes a copy of the SDG, a LEED tracker including standards satisfying the SDG, as well as template specifications and logs to report compliance. Consultants and contractors report compliance with these standards during all major phases of design and construction. The campus also has a full-time manager for sustainable design and construction, whose responsibility is to monitor and advance green building practices.


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

Tate Hall Renovation (45,250 sq. ft.) was designed and constructed in accordance with the University of Missouri’s Sustainable Design Guidelines and is pursuing a rating of Certified under the 2009 version of LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation. Construction work on the Tate Hall Renovation was declared complete in June of 2011.
Switzler Hall Renovation (28,080 sq. ft.) was designed and constructed in accordance with the University of Missouri’s Sustainable Design Guidelines and is pursuing a rating of Certified under the 2009 version of LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation. Construction work on the Switzler Hall Renovation was declared complete in July of 2011.
Gwynn Hall Renovation (36,196 sq. ft.) was designed and constructed in accordance with the University of Missouri’s Sustainable Design Guidelines and is pursuing a rating of Certified under the 2009 version of LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation. Construction work on the Tate Hall Renovation was declared complete in November of 2013.
This totals 109,526 sq. ft. in gross floor area for buildings designed and constructed in accordance with the University of Missouri’s Sustainable Design Guidelines while also pursuing LEED certification.

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.