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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. Learn more about NLC's commitment to climate leadership.

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. Learn more about this designation.

Energy 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 trainingleedlogo.jpg

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​​​
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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).