UNCG’s Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness has received the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.
A leading benchmark in green building, LEED offers four rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. UNCG has 17 LEED-certified buildings, including 10 that have attained the Gold rating.
“The Kaplan Center was designed with every aspect of sustainability in mind – from the raw materials used in construction to the light, airy design of the facility,” said Dr. Shanna Eller, sustainability coordinator for operations. “We’re proud that the Kaplan Center has surpassed our initial goal of LEED Silver, and we continue to find new solutions that will help make this state-of-the-art facility even more sustainable and energy efficient.”
Since its opening last August, the Kaplan Center has helped transform campus life at UNCG, with approximately 90 percent of all on-campus students accessing the facility at least once during the 2016-17 academic year.
In addition to promoting health and wellness across campus, the Kaplan Center has hosted numerous student events – such as the popular dive-in movie nights at the pool and this year’s “Convocation Craze” – as well as conferences and meetings for faculty and staff.