Blumel LEED O+M Certification

Written by the Campus Sustainability Office

The Joseph C. Blumel Residence Hall became Portland State’s second LEED for Operations + Maintenance (LEED O+M) certified building and the first to achieve Gold status under this designation in August 2018. Blumel joins a growing list of PSU buildings with LEED certification; there are now 11 buildings officially certified and two upcoming certifications for the Karl Miller Center and Viking Pavilion.

Blumel Hall and the Urban Center are certified with the O+M designation, which promotes environmentally-friendly practices over the lifetime of a building. At Blumel, this includes a green cleaning policy, a comprehensive waste audit to identify improvement opportunities and one of the lowest energy use intensities (calculated as energy use per square footage per year) of all of our residential buildings.

“Ensuring that our residence halls are healthy and energy efficient spaces for our students is important to our work” explained Housing & Residence Life director, Mike Walsh. “Our staff and student residents explore topics like sustainable and healthy living as part of our programming. For Blumel Hall residents, we hope this announcement will ignite a renewed commitment to the principles of this certification.”

Blumel has been certified at the Gold level. More information about green buildings at PSU can be found online or through a Campus Sustainability Tour.