Children parade during the Family Learning Center grand opening in October. In January, the university announced that the Family Learning Center building had received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED rating system is a third-party certification program and a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of environmentally friendly buildings. The Family Learning Center building, designed by Ross Barney Architects, features energy-efficient equipment and lighting; lighting controls; a thermally efficient building envelope; regional, recycled and rapidly renewable materials; and native and adapted planting. The Family Learning Center is one of 13 total LEED-certified buildings on WUSTL campuses and is the university’s seventh LEED Gold-certified building. For more information on the Family Learning Center, visit wustl.edu/childcare.