UMKC’s Student Union achieves LEED® Gold Certification!

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UMKC adheres to new building energy standards developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc., the same standards practiced by the state of Missouri. Standards include efficient insulation and glazing; heat recovery; occupancy sensors for light and temperature control; and improved electric motors. Air quality is important on campus in all buildings.

The Student Union and Herman and Dorothy Johnson Residence Hall are in line with the US Green Building Council LEED® certification requirements, and the residence hall is the first structure in the UM System to attain LEED® certification.

At the Miller Nichols Library, Phase II of the new expansion adds an Interactive Learning Center to the existing building. Natural lighting will lessen the need for costly and heat-generating electric fixtures. The design makes possible 23% more classroom space in the core campus, therefore reducing student and faculty travel to classes.

During Phase I, a high-density system for storage and retrieval of material was installed. Now books and other research materials are easily accessible at all times, yet stored in a climate controlled environment that is more efficient to operate than open stack space. The Phase I addition is also topped with a green roof which decreases stormwater runoff and lessens the urban heat island affect.

Student Government Association
Through their association, UMKC students asked the university – by resolution – to strive for LEED® accreditation on all new buildings.

Students, staff, faculty and the community – together we’re doing the right thing for ourselves and others.

Miller Nichols Library Building Addition 2011

At the heart of UMKC’s Volker Campus — both physically and philosophically — is Miller Nichols Library. The library and classroom expansion is the key foundational element for UMKC to realize its subsequent goals. The expansion project will enhance library resources, centralize student educational services and provide new classrooms — and comfortable study spaces — for an expanding student body. In fact, the library’s expansion is a key element in UMKC’s plan to increase enrollment. View the sustainability presentation to learn more about the sustainable aspects of the library expansion project.


  • This project benefits a major transformation in learning that has characterized higher education in recent years. It enhances electronic capabilities and creates additional classrooms and workspaces for group-based learning and projects.
  • When it opened in 1969, the three-floor facility served a student population of 6,000. Today, the library strives to meet the needs of more than 14,000 students — with more on the way. The project will accommodate a 23 percent increase in enrollment without adding classrooms elsewhere on the main campus. It is the most cost-effective financial strategy for UMKC’s growth.
  • Among its many functions, the library serves as the hub of learning activities for students and surrounding residents. For many urban students, this is their first contact with a large reference library, the UMKC campus and the dream of a higher education.

Green Cleaning

In 2007, the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) Campus Facilities Building Services unit made the commitment to participate in green cleaning strategies.  From the custodian on the floor to students, faculty and staff in the buildings, green cleaning has been embraced as the gold standard.   There are currently 43 buildings being cleaned as a part of the campus green cleaning program.  The benefits of the program are many however the focus of the program is to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals with safer, environmentally friendly cleaning products, improve indoor air quality, reduce the risk of employee contamination which could result in accidents from a safety perspective and implement a set standard for best practices in the workplace through interactive education of all employees.  The Green Practices Manual

Here are some links showcasing the program: 

  • Ripple Glass UMKC Partners