WMU Campus Facilities is committed to pursuing sustainable alternatives to traditional facility design and construction practices. The first major project to showcase this commitment was the design and creation of the Parkview Campus, which minimized the development's impact on the surrounding neighborhoods and watershed while restoring historic vegetation.
Most of the recent building projects on campus have been designed to satisfy LEED® certification standards. The LEED® rating system for high-performance, sustainable buildings and interiors is organized into six categories:
Each category contains guidelines for the use and application of materials and equipment that will qualify for or contribute to certification points. The guidelines also provide minimum thresholds of certain activities, such as 75% recycling of construction waste. The actual selection and implementation of specific products, procedures, or construction practices is the responsibility of the design professional.