An update on Longwood Medical and Academic Area programs and activities that encourage a sustainable environment.

  LEED Gold to Simmons College  
  The new School of Management and Academic Building at Simmons College was awarded LEED gold certification. 

A program of the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the preeminent system for rating the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Gold is the second-highest level of LEED certification. Only two other academic institutions in Boston – Harvard Business School and Suffolk University – have LEED gold-certified buildings.

The five-story, 66,500-square-foot School of Management and Academic Building opened in January and houses the Simmons School of Management, formerly located on Commonwealth Avenue. The building was constructed with sustainable and recyclable materials. Highly-efficient water fixtures and heating, cooling, and ventilation systems mean it will use 34% less water and 38% less energy than similar buildings of the same size.

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