The University of Buffalo’s Educational Opportunity Center earned its LEED Gold Certification last week. The new 4-story building uses 34% less energy (compared to the ASHRAE 90.1-2004 baseline), saving $40,000 annually. Additionally, the building is design to reduce water consumption by over 40% and is constructed from many local and recycled materials. Through the use of light monitors and windows with sun shades the building is supplied with natural light to all occupied spaces. Occupancy sensors and day lighting controls automatically reduce artificial lighting levels when natural light is available, reducing dependency on electricity.