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DETROIT — A group of students at the University of Michigan Law School is asking school officials to think green before constructing a new $102 million building project. The Environmental Law Society, a group of law students concerned with the environment, is pushing the school to use higher standards when it builds a recently approved 100,000-square-foot academic building and 16,000-square-foot student commons building. Specifically, the students want the project to meet standards set by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System, which evaluates buildings based on various environmental criteria. Students want the school to consider the availability of nearby public transportation, the materials used in the construction and the building’s water efficiency — all criteria set by the LEED standards. Students have written letters to university officials, collected signatures and attended various meetings in an attempt to ensure the new buildings are environmental-friendly. University officials have not yet decided whether to seek LEED-certification for the law school project. Similar student efforts have been successful in constructing greener buildings at the University of Michigan, including a new business school and children’s hospital, both of which are expected to be LEED-certified when finished.

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