In 2006, UGA implemented an award-winning, Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) Certified (with honors) Green Cleaning Program on campus. The program reduced the previously used 351 cleaning chemicals to only 3 non-toxic cleaning products, creating a healthier interior environment.
In 2011, UGA updated its green cleaning certification and was the first university in the US to receive CIMS – Green Building Certification. All resident instruction facilities at UGA are managed using certified green cleaning products and procedures.
Creating healthier interior environments means the reduction of absenteeism due to health concerns such as asthma and headaches, making UGA a more comfortable place for students, faculty, and staff.
Because the number of cleaning chemicals was reduced from 351 to only 3 non-toxic cleaning products, the program has saved a significant amount of money by buying those products in bulk.
UGA designs and constructs timeless buildings that conserve resources and inspire occupants. All new construction projects are designed for at least 20% higher energy efficiency than required by state code.
The following recent major capital projects, with a total of 570,000 square feet, have been LEED Certified:
- Tate Expansion (Gold)
- Residence Hall Building 1516 (Gold)
- Pharmacy South Addition (Silver)
- Georgia Museum of Art Addition (Gold)
- Special Collections Library (Gold)
- Jackson Street Building (Gold)
UGA restores and reuses historic structures to preserve the campus heritage and sense of place. Twelve buildings on historic North Campus have been restored. Historic preservation conserves raw materials and embodied energy while minimizing landfill waste.