The purpose of the Center for Sustainable Development is to promote sustainability in the built environment. Buildings consume approximately 40% of all energy and 60% of the electricity used in the United States. Sustainable materials and practices reduce energy consumption and contribute to healthier environments for building occupants and the surrounding community by saving natural resources, reducing fuel emissions, and using less toxic materials.
The Center is dedicated to providing a meeting place where parties interested in building construction and rehabilitation come together to exchange ideas, information, techniques, and products. By raising awareness and providing educational programs, sustainable building practices can be promoted and instituted benefiting those who live and work in these buildings.