Kenyon's new library will be certified to the environmental standards described by the national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) policy. While Kenyon’s policy is that all new buildings on campus meet the LEED silver standards, the College anticipates making the new library LEED gold or better.
In measuring a building’s carbon footprint, LEED standards examine water usage, the materials of its construction, the flow of solid waste by the users of the building and the energy systems that heat and cool the building.
The design of the Kenyon Commons will receive LEED points for such planned features as:
Kenyon will also be awarded additional LEED points on the new library for solar units located elsewhere on campus during the project. Existing solar units on campus currently generate 28Kw of power, and the College has plans to increase capacity to 100Kw of solar power in 2019.