Our Communities
American Campus communities are designed with sustainability in mind. Our site planning and circulation, integrated design process, building specifications and materials selection are all executed with a goal to incorporate standards for green living.  We’re continually evaluating and refining sustainability measures in our communities, and promoting green living to our employees and residents, leading by example.
Why Design Green
The use of sustainable features in our student communities is a critical component of supporting the future of our planet and achieving our mission to provide our residents with environments conducive to healthy living, personal growth, academic achievement and professional success.
About LEED
LEED is an initiative from the U.S. Green Building Council that encourages the sustainable planning, construction, maintenance and operation of projects around the world. LEED is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with approximately 1.9 million square feet being certified daily. Projects pursuing LEED certification
earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
The Suites at Third
The Suites at Third, located at 302 East John Street, Suite 100 in Champaign, Illinois, is a purpose-built, 251-bed student community pedestrian to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Suites residents will have access to resources for academic success, as well as state-of-the-art amenities for fitness and fun.
Sustainability was a driving initiative in the design process with the community targeting LEED Homes Gold designation by the USGBC. Features include low emission paints throughout the community, low flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water usage, light efficiency in all common areas and units, outdoor courtyards for student gathering, and native plants that don’t require irrigation.

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