LEED Buildings

full building view of HSF3

UMB has built all new renovations and buildings to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standards since 2007. Following LEED standards helps save money, conserve energy, reduce water consumption, improve indoor air quality, and make better building material choices. To take things a step further, UMB has certified three buildings and two campus spaces.

Building/Space Name 

Rating System 

Certification Level 

Date Certified 

University of Maryland BioPark 

LEED BD+C: Core and Shell 



UMB Pharmacy Hall Addition 

LEED BD+C: New Construction 



Bressler Research Building Seventh-Floor Renovation 

LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors 



UMB Health Sciences Research Facility III

LEED BD+C: New Construction 



UMB Design and Construction Office Suite 

LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors 



Indoor Green Spaces

D&C Green Wall in the Lexington Building

Visit the sixth floor of the Lexington Building, which boasts a 20-foot-long living green wall that helps with filtering the air, provides greenery for the office space, and uses a sophisticated irrigation system that reduces the need for water (see photo above). Stop by the School of Nursing addition to check out their new green wall as well.

Mitigating Bird Strikes

Save migrating birds by turning off your lights when you leave!

After receiving emails about and photos of birds on UMB’s campus that have died due to colliding with our buildings, the UMB Office of Sustainability is starting a bird strikes awareness campaign in preparation for spring and fall migrations.

The Problem:

Birds generally do not see clear or reflective glass; glass reflectivity and transparency create a lethal illusion of clear airspace that birds do not see as a barrier. At night during spring and fall bird migrations, birds can be attracted to lighted structures, resulting in collisions and entrapment, which can result in concentrated bird mortality events.

Mitigation Approaches:

We are focusing on a Lights Out UMB campaign to support the Lights Out Baltimore initiative, particularly for atrium areas and glass buildings from the ground up to 30 feet in height between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Our Building Automation Systems team is working to identify opportunities to reduce lighting centrally for applicable buildings that are tied into our Building Automation Systems (BAS). However, for many buildings that are not tied into our BAS, lights will need to be turned off manually.

What You Can Do:

As a building occupant, please turn off your lights each day when you leave. If for some reason you are unable to turn off interior lights, draw window blinds, shades, drapes, or window coverings to prevent birds from seeing the light.

Looking to go a step further? If you see a dead bird on UMB’s campus (or anywhere in Baltimore), please report it using the Lights Out Baltimore page on iNaturalist.

Thank you for your cooperation and participation as part of the UMB community; your efforts to help make our campus a more environmentally sustainable place are greatly appreciated!

Download Lights Out UMB Promotional Materials Here

Alignment with Strategic Plan:

Utilities and Emissions: Minimize the environmental impacts of UMB’s built environment. Improve UMB’s practices to provide ecological landscapes that benefit all life within our campus community.