- The University is a member of the Canadian Green Building Council.
- Current projects working toward meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification include the Queen's Centre (first phase), the School of Kinesiology, and the Goodes Hall expansion.
- Queen's has a LEED Accredited Professional on staff, Eric Neuman, a mechanical engineer in Physical Plant Services who has a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources and processes.
- The Integrated Learning Centre is certified with the British Research Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) which is a LEED alternative.
A construction project needs to obtain at least 26 points within these five categories in order to be LEED-certified.
- Sustainable Sites: Encourage site selection, planning, landscaping and design strategies that use land more effectively and minimize construction and operational impacts (14 points available).
- Water Efficiency: Encourage strategies that reduce the amount of drinkable water used for landscape irrigation and building operations (5 points available).
- Energy and Atmosphere: Reduce depletion of non-renewable energy resources, reduce related environmental impacts—particularly emissions of local, regional and global air pollutants and encourage use of renewable energy sources with low environmental impacts (17 points available)
- Materials and Resources: Encourage design strategies that reduce and reuse material resources and reduce construction waste. Encourage the selection of building materials that are environmentally friendly (14 points available).
- Indoor Environmental Quality: Enhance indoor environmental quality through early design integration, sensible construction sequencing, careful construction practices and thoughtful selection of materials (15 points available).
An additional category of Innovation and Design Process addresses expertise in green design and construction. The purpose is to recognize projects with innovative building features and sustainable building knowledge not covered in the other categories (5 points available).