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Sustainability Initiatives

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North Lake College signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which pledges that our institution will eliminate its contribution to global climate change over time.

Sustainable Campus

  • Our campus features native gardens with low-maintenance plants.
  • All storm water is collected in our 3.5-acre lake and reused for irrigation, generating $70,000 in annual savings.
  • Computer labs power down overnight.
  • All new carpet is made from post-consumer recycled content and old carpet is recycled during all replacement projects.
  • Our campus involvement groups include Sustainable Blazer committees, the student Green Club, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society involvement, and Service Learning programs.
  • In January 2014, NLC was certified a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

leedlogo.jpgEnergy Conservation Efforts

Current practices:

  • sustainable energy policy
  • automated lighting controls for corridors, offices and parking lots
  • ongoing energy audit of all campus building spaces to assess their energy efficiency
  • energy-efficient VFD drives on all mechanical drives for air handling units and pumps
  • recommissioned HVAC system in the Building C and A-300 area, using EAB deficiency report
  • carefully maintained daily temperature points: 75° F (summer) and 70° F (winter)
  • new tunnel utility piping insulation under Building F
  • new mechanical system in Building H
  • new HVAC operational practices and maintenance awareness training

Sustainable Construction Strategies

Three of our buildings have been awarded LEED certification:

  • Science and Medical Professions Building: LEED NC Silver Certification
  • Workforce Development Center: LEED CI Certification
  • Student Life Center H Building: LEED CI Silver Certification

Several more buildings were built to LEED standards:

  • North Campus: built to LEED construction principles, not seeking certification
  • South Campus: built to LEED construction principles, not seeking certification
  • Fine Arts and General Classroom Building: built to LEED construction principles, not seeking certification

Presidents' Climate Commitment

In 2007, Dr. Herlinda Glasscock, then-President of North Lake, signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. The Presidents' Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by gaining institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate.

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Representatives from the U.S. Green Building Council, North Lake College, and the local community commemorate the LEED Silver Certification of the H building (Student Life Center).

 

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