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North Lake College Workforce Development Center Awarded Leed Green BuiNorth Lake College Workforce Development Center Awarded LEED® Green Building Certification

IRVING – North Lake College announced today that the new Workforce Development Center is LEED Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient and high performing buildings.

“North Lake College makes an investment everyday in the educational future of each student who walks through our door,” said Dr. Herlinda M. Glasscock, president of North Lake College. “It is this investment in the future that drives us in our commitment to sustainability, to preserve our resources for future generations and serve as a model for our community. We are so honored to receive this recognition.”

NELSON, an international design and consulting firm, designed the Workforce Development Center to achieve LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. LEED verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return.

“North Lake College’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and North Lake College serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”

LEED certification of the Workforce Development Center was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. Some features include:

  • Reducing water use by at least 45 percent.
  • 22.11 percent of total building materials content was manufactured using recycled materials.
  • 43.85 percent of the total building materials are comprised of products manufactured locally.
  • Developing and implementing a construction IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) management plan.
  • Providing lighting controls enabling at least 90 percent of occupants to make adjustments to suit individual task needs and preferences.
The Workforce Development Center, which opened in February of this year, is located in the lower level of the library on the Central Campus in Irving. The 10,000-square-foot facility features six state-of-the-art classrooms, two computer labs and a multi-purpose conference room. The center also houses offices and registration services for the college’s Continuing Education department.

North Lake College participates in many campus-wide sustainable efforts and recently finished first in the Waste Minimization category of the national RecycleMania competition for the second consecutive year. To read more about North Lake College’s green efforts, visit

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an extensive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (, and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit

About LEED®
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating SystemTM is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category. LEED can be applied to all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core & shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities. LEED for Healthcare is currently under development and is expected to be released in early 2008. For more information, visit


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