Green Buildings

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), is a program of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) that is redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. LEED provides building owners and facilities managers with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

In 2006, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson passed Executive Order 2006-001that states that all new state buildings and remodels over 15,000 square feet will be built to LEED Silver certification or above.

NMSU got its first LEED certified building in 2009 on the DACC Alamogordo campus. Since then we have constructed a total of nine Gold and seven Silver certified buildings.

As of October 2016 NMSU has the following LEED certified buildings:

7. CAHB LEED Silver text

Carlsbad Allied Health Building, designed by ASA Architects, was certified LEED Silver in 2012

Alamogordo Campus
Advanced Technology Center (Gold)
Health Sciences Center, Alamogordo DACC (Gold)

Carlsbad Campus

Allied Health Building (Silver)

Doña Ana Community College Las Cruces Campus

East Mesa Phase 5 Auditorium (Gold)
East Mesa Phases 6 and 7 (Silver)
Gadsden Center Remodel and Addition (Gold)
Hatch Center (Silver)

NMSU Las Cruces Main Campus

ASNMSU Center for the Arts (Gold)
Addition to NMDA (Gold)
American Indian Student Center (Silver)
Barnes & Noble (Gold)
Chamisa Village Residence Hall Phase II (Gold)
Football Coaches Office (Silver)
Gardiner Hall Remodel (Silver)
Health and Social Services Annex (Gold)

The categories aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health are:

  • sustainable site development
  • water savings
  • energy efficiency
  • materials selection
  • indoor environmental quality

The Office of Sustainability is currently working with Facilities and Services to ensure that all new buildings follow LEED standards.  Below is a link to the Checklist for NMSU Alamogordo Allied Health Building as well as the Chart of current and future LEED certified buildings on campus.

To find a specific LEED project, visit