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North Lake College receives prestigious LEED certification
The Serenity Room, located within North Lake College's Student Life Center.
By Marielle McGregor
IRVING- North Lake College (NLC) has been awarded the LEED® Silver Certification for its Student Life Center. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
North Lake College first sought certification for its Student Life Center in November 2007- the same year former NLC President Dr. Herlinda Glasscock signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. This institutional commitment manifested itself in several ways, including sustainable construction strategies, aggressive energy conservation policies and a greener campus. Now, five years later, North Lake continues to model new ways to achieve climate neutrality. In fact, the college is even integrating sustainability directly into their curriculum with the first "green" diploma.
“We take sustainability seriously and we're in it for the long haul,” says NLC Director of Facilities John Watson. “While there are no specific [construction] projects on the immediate horizon, incorporating LEED planning principles well in advance is very important.”
North Lake’s recent LEED certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the campus itself and the broader community. Sustainable features include:
Campus-wide alternative transportation and parking strategies
Daylight and exterior view optimization to increase occupant wellness and reduce lighting electrical demand
Construction materials and furnishings with low resource impacts and high recycled content
Construction methods with low waste generation, materials recycling, and controlled indoor air quality measures
Ongoing operational improvements such as 'green' cleaning, integrated pest control, and thermal comfort monitoring
Low-flow water fixtures
By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. Other NLC buildings to receive certification include the Science and Medical Professions buildings and the Workforce Development Center.
To learn more about sustainability initiatives at NLC visit http://www.northlakecollege.edu and click "About Us."
North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College system. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression.
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