As one of the country’s leading medical centers, Mount Sinai is committed to the construction of new Green Buildings.
What are Green Buildings?
Green Buildings are designed, maintained, and sustained to minimize negative impacts on both the environment and on the building’s occupants. As a leader for other hospitals and medical centers, Mount Sinai is committed to promoting the construction of Green Buildings throughout our campus.
How does Mount Sinai promote Green Buildings?
At Mount Sinai, all new construction undergoes a “green vetting process.” Architects, engineers, and project managers discuss mechanical and engineering alternatives to make X building more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable. This promotes greater efficiency and sustainability as our medical center continues to grow.
Leading with LEED
As a leader in green construction, Mount Sinai’s newest building, the Center for Science and Medicine (CSM), will receive the coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. This award is given to buildings that employ highly efficient and environmentally sustainable practices.
What is LEED?
LEED is a widely used certification system, which indicates that a building was designed and built using strategies to improve performance in energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, and improved indoor environmental quality. LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998.
How does a building become LEED certified?
Buildings receive points for each “green” element they incorporate, and the total number of points determines the level of LEED certification – bronze, silver, gold or platinum. LEED certification has proven highly effective in reducing energy consumption and therefore in reducing a building’s carbon footprint.