On the morning of September 20, the ceremony to award the Green Building LEED O + M Platinum Certification to the International Campus, Zhejiang University, was held in the Campus library. The Library and the Learning and Teaching Building North A were awarded LEED O + M Platinum Certification by Andy To, the Managing Director of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) North Asia District.
Fu Qiang, the Assistant President of ZJU, Secretary of the Party Working Committee of the International Campus, ZJU; Wang Youwei, the Director of China Green Building Council (ChinaGBC); Cao Yi, the Standing Member of the CPC Haining Municipal Committee and the Minister of Haining News Office; Dong Danshen, the Chairman and Chief Architect of the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University and Chief Designer of the International Campus, Zhejiang University, attended the ceremony.
For the International Campus, Professor Fu pointed out that being awarded the LEED platinum certification was not only full affirmation from leading international organizations of the sustainable construction and management of the Campus, but also indicated encouragement of the concepts of sustainability and internationalization in the running of the school that our Campus always adheres to.
The International Campus, Zhejiang University, will take this as a starting point, continue to aim for the highest levels of internationalization, and fully integrate the concept of sustainability in all aspects of future construction in order to make a positive contribution to the development of Zhejiang University, the economy and society, and even the country and the people.
Cao Yi presented a gift of shadow puppet handicrafts with local Haining characteristics to Andy To and Wang Youwei.
Dong Danshen presented his book The Unity of Knowledge and Action to Andy To and Wang Youwei.
In August 2019, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the Library and the Learning and Teaching Building North A of the International Campus had been awarded the Platinum Certification of LEED v4.1 O + M via ARC certification system. This means that the International Campus, Zhejiang University, has become the first university campus in the world to have been awarded LEED v4.1 O + M Platinum Certification.
Andy To, on behalf of the US Green Building Council, congratulated Zhejiang University on winning the award, saying: “Promoting the concept of green buildings in universities is the most important part of promoting the green buildings concept worldwide”. Students who grow up in an environmentally friendly and sustainable campus will bring these concepts to their various fields when they enter society in the future. In this respect, Zhejiang University is leading the world in the field of education.
Wang Youwei said more than 1 billion square meters of buildings in China have received green building design certification, but fewer than 5 per cent of them have received final operation and maintenance certification. The International Campus, Zhejiang University, was awarded the platinum certification of LEED v4.1 operation and maintenance, which is not only a full recognition of the university’s concern for the whole-life cycle of green campus construction and management, but also a recognition of the internationalization of the operation and management of Chinese university campuses. It is a significant milestone in the progress of Chinese university green campus construction.
Representatives of relevant institutions, the construction department, and the logistic department were in attendance.
Article by Xia Ping
Photos by Xia Ping & Xu Jiajing
The Correspondent: Chen Kang