There are approximately 4,000 students and over 500 faculty and staff. The first building completed was the Neuberger Museum in 1971. Most of the academic buildings were completed by 1978. There are five residences/apartments buildings housing over 2,500 students. The most recent residence hall was finished in 2006. As the college continues to expand and renovate, Purchase strives to operate and construct buildings in the most sustainable manner. This is accomplished by considering sustainability as a major component from the start of the design phase through construction and completion. A combination of factors such as energy efficiency projects, green cleaning policies, waste diversion and water conservation technologies are important to Purchase in maintaining building sustainability beyond the physical construction. 

LEED Accreditation: What is LEED?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most popular green building certifications and is acknowledge worldwide. Developed by the USGBC (United States Green Building Council), LEED provides the framework and a rating system for the design, construction, operation and maintenance for green buildings. LEED buildings focus on reducing building(s) environmental impact, increasing water and energy efficiency, building with sustainable materials while improving indoor air quality of its occupants. This certification process ensures that the building is highly efficient, healthy and economically sustainable. There are various tiers to the rating system from simply being certified to being certified LEED Platinum.

LEED at Purchase:

The college renovated the Durst Family Humanities building in 2015 to become the college’s first LEED Gold certified building. To see how the building earned its credits there are various signs posted throughout the building to note the sustainable features. The college is dedicated in new construction projects to be designed to at least LEED Silver standards and updating existing buildings with more energy efficient technology.

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Purchase is in the process of building two new LEED buildings. The first one, the Center for Media, Film and Theatre (CMFT), is an academic building which will be used for new media, film and theater students while the second building, Wayback, will be for additional student housing. The academic building is being designed to LEED Gold standards, the second highest designation possible. Both buildings will feature many sustainable attributes such recycled building materials, rain gardens and solar panels to meet LEED certification standards.