As a result of signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Luther has committed to all new campus construction being built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED silver standard or equivalent. The college's recently completed Sampson Hoffland Laboratories received a LEED gold certification in recognition of the environmentally friendly design and construction features of this project. The Green Building Policy was written by the Food, Purchasing, and Waste task group.
During renovation of the Dahl Centennial Union in 2006, over 80 percent of the demolition materials were reused or recycled. Recovered items were made available to the community and the remains were recycled.
Luther's newest building, Sampson Hoffland Laboratories (SHL), is a "green building." It was designed and built to reduce resource use. Some key features are:
In addition, SHL and Valders Hall of Science are cleaned to Green Cleaning Policy specifications. Practices include the use of green cleaning products, employing cleaning processes that benefit public health and the environment, and purchasing environmentally preferable custodial products.
Geothermal technology is used in Baker Villages and the Center for the Arts.