Duke Kunshan University is the first Chinese university campus to be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) campus program, with all five campus buildings certified according to LEED standards by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Academic Building and the Conference Center are rated LEED Gold, while the Student Residence, the Faculty Residence and the Service Building receive LEED Silver. The campus design integrates native culture and advanced technology. It is a human-centered design, pursuing efficiency and aesthetic values at the same time.
By the end of 2017, the rainwater collection system supplies 99% of the landscape water needs, virtually eliminating our need for outside water supply. 90% campus water heating was powered by solar panels. 65% of the food served in the university cafeteria was locally sourced.
“This idea of having a sustainable campus: this was a core design principle, built into the thinking about how this campus would evolve over time. It really is a core element of our policy, our practice, and the feel that we want students to have when they walk around this place.”
------ Dr. Denis Simon, Executive Vice Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University
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