CUNY Law is now one of the greenest law schools in the country. The building is LEED Gold certified, which means that its construction had a reduced environmental impact and its design increases occupants' health and well-being. Environmental highlights include:
- Each floor features a floor-to-ceiling glass curtainwall that maximizes access to natural daylight and exterior views.
- Highly efficient glazing system on the curtainwall handles air, water, wind infiltration, cost-effective heating, cooling, and lighting.
- Ninety percent of structural steel derived from post-consumer recycled materials.
- Construction waste materials were 90 percent recycled.
- Highly efficient plumbing fixtures save one million gallons of water annually.
- High-performance mechanical, electrical, and HVAC hydrochloroflourcarbon-free air conditioning systems reduce energy consumption by 12 percent over conventional systems while improving indoor air quality.
- Sustainable elements include high-efficiency lighting, eucalyptus wood paneling with low-VOC (volatile organic compound) finishes, and formaldehyde-free wood doors.
- A 20,000-gallon storm water retention system collects and recycles rainwater in the building's mechanical system.
In addition, 29 percent of companies participating in the construction project were New York State certified minority- and women-owned businesses.