RMG Local Edition: Twenty Years of Lessons Learned: How LEED makes a real world difference at CSU.


With 29 LEED buildings on campus, CSU has proven its leadership in green building. Twenty years of data on campus energy usage makes a strong business case for LEED certification, illustrating that LEED-certified buildings save the University energy and money, and that Gold and Platinum buildings perform best.

Join us for a presentation and walking tour, led by Stacey Baumgarn, CSU’s Campus Energy Coordinator, and Elicia Ratajczyk, Project Manager at the Institute for the Built Environment at CSU. You will hear how LEED certification has supported the University’s sustainability goals and its bottom line while Stacey and Elicia share 20 years of energy data and lead a tour of buildings on the CSU campus, highlighting both the least and most energy-efficient buildings on campus. They will discuss the energy data, costs, and other resources needed to achieve LEED certification, and the bottom line business case for LEED in terms of what these practices contribute to the success of the university as a business. Come learn from their experience and see what LEED or other green building certifications could do for you and your organization.


Stacey Baumgarn, Campus Energy Coordinator, Colorado State University:

Stacey Baumgarn is the Campus Energy Coordinator for Colorado State University. Stacey is responsible for energy, water, and resource conservation education and outreach. Stacey works with university stakeholders, faculty, staff, and students on most sustainability-related projects under the facilities management umbrella. Stacey has worked in energy conservation for the past 10 years. Stacey maintains ACCO CC-P, ISSP-CSP, APPA-EFP, IFMA-SFP, and LEED Green Associate credentials. He earned both a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and sociology and a Master of Science in Business Administration through the College of Business, Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise (GSSE) at Colorado State University.

Elicia Ratajczyk, Ph.D., Project Manager, Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University:

Elicia Ratajczyk is a Research Associate and Projects Manager for the Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Social Science and Complex Adaptive Systems Science from Arizona State University in 2018. Her areas of expertise include coupled infrastructure systems, resilience, community-based participatory and applied research, community development, collective action, natural resource management and governance. Her passion lies in connecting research with practice and current projects focus on applying the tools of social science (theory and research methods) to help communities and organizations create meaningful change.

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This Course Qualifies for Continuing Education Credits

TBD – Submitting for 3 AIA and 3 GBCI CE Hours



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