LEED Building


How we build and renovate on campus creates opportunities to save energy, recycle construction waste, and source materials that are environmentally friendly. In general, there is more renovation on campus on a regular basis than new construction. The potential for new building is very eminent as new Schools open and UWM’s Master Plan reaches completion.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Green Building Rating System™, is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.*

There are rating systems available for both new construction and existing buildings: operations and maintenance.


Certification or Guideline?

LEED offers an outside approval for how environmentally friendly the construction is. Whether or not to go for certification is still under review. The Division of State Facilities also has Sustainable Facilities Guidelines that aim at the same principles as LEED, without the certification. The guidelines are helpful to UWM renovations and contract specifications. The potential for building certification will be on a case by case basis. Currently Cambridge Commons, a project of University Housing and the UW-Milwaukee Real Estate Foundation, will be going for LEED Gold certification.


Campus Buildings

Cambridge Signage
Cambridge Commons -

To meet the growing demand for student housing, the new Cambridge Commons dorm has been build east of the Milwaukee River, across from the current residence hall RiverView. Cambridge has been open since August 2010.


It is expected to be a a LEED Gold Certified building and features:

-A green recreation area
-Two green roofs                                         
-Access to the beautiful Milwaukee River.


 Besides stressing energy efficiencies, on site renewable energy and green roofs, a grey water collection has been planned for the building, as well as a bike program and environmental stewardship instruction.


 LEED Cambridge  Cambridge Green Roof 2
 Green Recreation Area     A view from one of the Green Roofs

Additional Information

Environmental Initiatives


*Information on LEED certification is provided by the U.S. Green Building Council.