I want to have the new Sci-Tech building to be LEED Platinum certified

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Noura Kassem
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As an environmental major at UWRF, I believe that it falls to me and my generation to protect the planet we live on. Currently the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is designing a Science and Technology Innovation Center and for this center to be truly recognized as innovative it is essential that the building secures a LEED Platinum certification.  

"LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts"(2).

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls' STARS rating is gold, but we are at the minimum of that gold standard, and in order to maintain or even improve that rating to platinum level, getting our upcoming Science and Technology Innovation Center to be LEED platinum certified would definitely help. "Attaining LEED [platinum] certification demonstrates environmentally responsible building practices"(1). Because we are a school know for our agriculture and environmental majors, having a LEED platinum building would boost our reputation and add another distinctive feature to the university. Hence, this would give another reason to college searching high schoolers to attend UWRF and hopefully increase our attendance and with that, our funding from the government.

A LEED platinum building would create many benefits for the community and opportunities for students on campus. LEED certified buildings are built to reducing carbon emissions and waste, by doing this, it prioritizes using safer materials, and lowers our exposure to toxins in the area. Not only does it benefit our health and environment, but it also benefits our local economy by lowering our maintenance costs by 20% and for "every dollar spent on mitigation activities saves $6 in response and recovery costs"(1). A LEED platinum building is like a living lab, where students' education is very hands on with their environment. 

As a student at University of Wisconsin- River Falls, we see value and benefits to our education, environment, and culture through a LEED platinum building, and we encourage the community, teachers, and students to support and to sign this petition that will benefit the future generation.

(1) Press: Benefits of green building. (2019). Retrieved October 17, 2019, from https://new.usgbc.org/press/benefits-of-green-building

(2) What is LEED? (n.d.). Retrieved October 17, 2019, from https://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what-were-doing/green-buildings/leed/