Green Building

Milken Institute School of Public Health
Milken Institute School of Public Health, GW's first LEED 'Platinum' Certified Building
GW is committed to building green

As part of its 2007 Campus Plan, GW is committed to building to a minimum of LEED 'Silver' on all new projects. To date, GW has exceeded that commitment on all certified buildings and strives to meet and exceed sustainability standards on all future projects.

  • LEED Requires a minimum of 10% improvement in energy performance. GW is averaging 20-35%
  • LEED requires a minimum of 20% improvement in water efficiency. GW is averaging 30-40%

Green Roof Projects

  • 1957-9 E St, NW
  • Ames Hall 
  • G Street Garage and Law Learning Center
  • Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Science and Engineering Hall
  • District House

Upcoming Green Roof Projects

  • District House Residence Hall 

Science and Engineering Hall

GW's new Science and Engineering Hall (SEH)—the largest academic building dedicated to these fields in the nation's capital—meets the needs of the university's growing research portfolio and will serve as a hub for discovery, providing new opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The building currently holds LEED Gold Certification. Sustainable features of this building include:

  • Power from a Co-Generation System
  • Vegetation covering 10,000 square feet of the roof
  • Graywater Cistern
  • Chilled Beams
  • Energy Recovery Wheels


Check out the following resources for more information on SEH, including its sustainable initiatives:

Key Environmental Design Strategies

Sustainable Sites

  • Access to multi-modal public transportation and community connectivity
  • Mitigation of roof and non-roof  ‘urban heat island’ effect

Water Efficiency

  • Water efficient landscaping by selecting native and adaptive plant species
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures
  • Stormwater reclamation

Energy and Atmosphere

  • Optimize energy performance
  • Purchase of green power wind RECs
  • Enhanced building commissioning and refrigerant management

Materials and Resources

  • Collection and storage of recyclables
  • Construction waste management
  • Recycled content and regional materials

Indoor Environmental Air Quality

  • Walk-off mats at entrances
  • Smoke-free buildings and campus
  • Low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants and carpet
  • Thermal comfort design and verification survey

Innovation in Design

  • Exemplary performance in access to public transit
  • Exemplary performance in purchase of green power RECs
  • Green housekeeping
  • Green education program