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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 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.05 / 3.00 Clara Simon
Sustainability Manager
Capital Projects Office
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

The UW has certified these projects through the LEED program with the USGBC

Certified Rating
Johnson Hall LEED-NC v2.0

Silver Rating
Cedar Apartments LEED-NC v2.2

Gold Rating
Clark Hall LEED-NC v2.1
PACCAR Hall LEED-NC v2.2
Dempsey Hall LEED-NC v2.2
Poplar Hall LEED--NC v2.2
Savery Hall LEED-NC v2.1
Molecular Engineering & Sciences LEED-NC v2.2
Husky Union Building LEED-NC v3 (2009)
Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center LEED-NC v3 (2009)
Elm Hall LEED-NC v2.2
Alder Hall LEED-NC v2.2
Mercer Court Apartments - LEED-NC v3 (2009)
Lander Hall - LEED-NC v3 (2009)

Platinum Rating
University Transportation Center LEED-CI v2


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
2,347,383 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) 121,573 Square Feet
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 205,245 Square Feet
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 1,735,317 Square Feet
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 11,848 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 ---
Mid-Level ---
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::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level ---
4th Highest Level ---
Mid-Level ---
2nd Highest Level ---
Highest Achievable Level ---

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:
273,400 Square Feet

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
Aug. 30, 2012

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

Presidents Executive Order 13: (uploaded below)
2. UW Building Policy (uploaded above)
3. Projects that are LEED certified http://f2.washington.edu/cpo/sustain/leed-projects
4. SustainAbilities Scorecard http://f2.washington.edu/cpo/cpo-sustainabilities-scorecard (See Blank Scorecard). Scorecards are completed on approx. 300 annual renovation projects..


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

See below description of the SustainAbilities Scorecard.


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

The UW currently has 12 LEED projects in process and 1 Envision http://www.sustainableinfrastructure.org/rating/ project in process.

When the President's Executive Policy was put into place in 2012, an additional program was put into place to guide the building and construction of 300 annual projects. This process called the SustainAbilities Scorecard establishes a collaborative and transparent process to establish the sustainability intent and successes of projects. This has been established as an architect's contractual requirement with the UW to work together with all consultants, contractors, project managers and construction manages and client to meet the goals of each project. These numbers are reported to UW Leadership.

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.