A Petition of the Wesleyan University Environmental Organizer\'s Network and Student Body To: The Molecular and Life Sciences Building Committee We, the undersigned, urge Wesleyan University to incorporate the following standards into the design goals of the new Molecular and Life Sciences Building. These goals are fully achievable, and will enable the University to fulfill its mission to be a socially responsible institution that is \"engaged with the world.\" * Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design The LEED Green Building Rating System, developed by the United States Green Building Council, is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. By qualifying for certification as LEED Gold, Wesleyan can conserve energy and water, reduce waste sent to landfills, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. * American Institute of Architects The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has united with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the United States Green Building Council to reach carbon neutrality in buildings by 2030. In line with this goal, they are encouraging all buildings to be 70% carbon neutral by 2015. By undersigning, we support their effort by urging that the new science center be 70% carbon neutral. We urge the Design Committee to make the new Molecular and Life Sciences Building a symbol of Wesleyan\'s commitment to sustainable development and environmental stewardship. Through careful attention to the long-term environmental impacts of every design element, you can create an exemplary building of which Wesleyan can be proud. Sincerely,
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