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For immediate release
April 9, 2010
Contact: Andy Pino
Georgetown Building Earns LEED Silver Certification for Eco-Friendly Features

Washington, D.C. – Georgetown University’s new Rafik B. Hariri Building recently received LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and has been verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.

LEED is the nation’s pre-eminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

“This is a recognition of the excellence of Georgetown’s standards of stewardship and longstanding commitment to sustainability,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “From the fluidized bed coal boiler in 1979, to the solar panels we installed on the Bunn Intercultural Center in 1982, to our fuel-cell buses, Georgetown has long been green. We’ve done so because of a dedication to the principle of sustainability.”

The Hariri Building, which houses the McDonough School of Business, is the newest building on Georgetown’s campus and also has been recognized for its use of state-of the art technology.

“We teach our students about leadership and social responsibility, and the new Hariri Building shows that we practice what we teach,” said George Daly, business school dean. “We are proud that the Hariri Building provides an ideal setting for teaching and learning while also minimizing its impact on the environment.”

The LEED Silver certification is based on five broad categories: sustainable site design and development, energy, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and water efficiency. The Hariri Building’s green features include:

• An expected energy savings of 15 percent through efficient lighting design and controls that include dimmable high-efficiency fluorescent fixtures, optimized garage exhaust fan controls and ultra-low-flow lavatory fixtures
• Water-efficient landscaping
• Operable exterior windows that contribute to indoor environmental quality
• Building materials that contain recycled content and were manufactured locally
• More than half of the construction waste – 800 tons – was recycled and reused
• Low-emitting paints, adhesives, sealants and carpeting
• Nearly 31 percent of the total building materials were extracted, harvested or recovered as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.

The 179,000-square-foot building opened in the summer 2009 with major gifts from alumni fully funding the design and construction of the $82.5 million facility. The university named the building for the late two-time Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik B. Hariri, a noted philanthropist, and advocate of education, through a gift from his son, Saad Hariri (B’92).

The Hariri Building features 15 classrooms, 34 breakout rooms, 15 conference rooms, 11 interview rooms, a 400-seat auditorium, two large lounges, and 120 faculty offices.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. About 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit

About Georgetown University
Georgetown University is the oldest and largest Catholic and Jesuit university in America, founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. Georgetown, today, is a major student-centered, international, research university offering respected undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in Washington, D.C., Doha, Qatar, and around the world. For more information about Georgetown University, visit

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