Pursuing a Sustainable Future: LEED Platinum Certification

Markim Hall, the home of the Institute of Global Citizenship, is the first higher education building in Minnesota to receive LEED-Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is a building rating system devised by the U.S. Green Building Council that evaluates the sustainability and environmental impact of structures across the nation. Four ratings are possible under LEED: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum, with Platinum-rated buildings showing the highest possible attention to sustainable design and operations. The Institute for Global Citizenship reflects Macalester’s enduring commitment to sustainability. The IGC is constructed from long-lasting, environmentally friendly materials, and features state-of-the-art air filtration and lighting systems that are energy efficient and contribute to quality of life for building users. Interior spaces facilitate interaction, and all workstations offer an outside view and, where appropriate, operable windows. Not only does the resulting building adhere to the highest standards of environmental sustainability, it also is a beautiful, healthy space in which to work, study, and come together to engage the most pressing questions of our time.