LEED Certification

Exterior of McDonnell Hall

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) green building certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

Taking into consideration sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design, the LEED rating system is designed to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of a building's green features during construction and over its life cycle.

LEED Certification at Bucknell

Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several categories, including Location & Transportation, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

To achieve LEED certification, several Bucknell buildings are designed and constructed with sustainable building features such as:

Construction Materials

  • Construction waste mitigation
  • Low-VOC emitting materials
  • Use of regional materials
  • Use of recycled materials
  • Sustainable wood (FSC-certified)

Energy & Emissions

  • Energy performance
  • Energy source
  • Energy use
  • Lighting design
  • Occupancy sensors and operable windows
  • Reduced heat island effect
  • Vehicle emissions

Water Conservation

  • Elimination of irrigation/use of native plants for landscaping
  • Reduced water use
  • Sediment control plan
  • Stormwater control design

Quality Living & Learning Environment

  • Covered bike storage
  • Exterior views and daylight
  • Shade trees
  • Smoke-free
  • Features to sustain comfort and wellbeing


  • Building reuse
  • Green roof
  • Recycling area

LEED Certified Buildings


  • MacDonald Commons
  • Academic East
  • South Campus Apartments (all four buildings)
  • Holmes Hall


  • Graham Building
  • Roberts Hall
  • Academic West
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Carnegie Building
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Hildreth-Mirza Hall

LEED Certified Renovation

  • Carnegie Building

Operations & Maintenance Certification

  • Academic West, Platinum

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Planning, Design & Construction