Current green initiatives
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction (i.e; site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality). Since its inception in 1998, LEED has grown to encompass more than 14,000 projects in the United States and 30 countries covering 1.062 billion square feet of development area. The hallmark of LEED is that it is an open and transparent process where the technical criteria proposed by the LEED committees are publicly reviewed for approval by the more than 10,000 membership organizations that currently constitute the USGBC.
Individuals recognized for their knowledge of the LEED rating system are permitted to use the LEED Accredited Professional (AP) acronym after their name, indicating they have passed the accreditation exam given by the Green Building Certification Institute.
The renovation of Missouri Hall incorporated to the largest extent possible the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's Green Building Rating System. In 2009, Missouri Hall became the first building in the city of Columbia to receive LEED silver certification.
The college is looking into LEED-certifying more buildings on campus during ongoing renovations and new construction.