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Sustainability Initiatives at NLC

Creating a More Sustainable College and Resilient Community

North Lake College leads campus and community efforts for meeting needs of today's generations and needs of future generations.  North Lake College is the College of Choice for today and the future. 

Campus and Community Engagement

  • Our campus involvement groups include Sustainable Blazer Committee, Green Club, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Service Learning programs.
  • Our community partners for sustainability and resilience include: City of Irving, City of Coppell, Irving ISD, Coppell ISD, Keep Irving Beautiful, Friends of Coppell Nature Park, Sustainability Management Association, Second Nature, Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainablity, Texas Teaming with Wildlife Coalition, and more. 

Biodiversity and Campus Ecology

  • Our campus features native gardens with low-maintenance plants to promote pollinators and migratory bird habitats.
  • NLC is a Tree Campus USA certified by the Arbor Day Foundation. Learn more about this designation.

Energy and Water Conservation

  • Sustainable energy policy, with annual 5% improvement goal
  • Automated lighting controls for corridors, offices and parking lots
  • Ongoing energy audit of all campus building spaces to assess their energy efficiency
  • Computer labs power down overnight
  • Energy-efficient VFD drives on all mechanical drives for air-handling units and pumps
  • Carefully maintained daily temperature points: 75° F (summer) and 70° F (winter)

  • All storm water is collected in our 3.5-acre lake and reused for irrigation, generating $70,000 in annual savings.

Green Construction and Materials Management

  • USGBC-LEED standards for three buildings on Central campus
  • All new carpet is made from post-consumer recycled content and old carpet is recycled during all replacement projects
  • 156 interior recycling stations across all four campuses
  • All college electronics and surplus items are recycled and reused

Transportation and Mobility

  • North Lake College Central Campus has the DART Orange Line Station with access to DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) bus and train service
  • All eligible part-time students receive a FREE DART GoPass, valid for all bus and rail travel on weekdays and weekends