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Sustainability Initiatives at NLC

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.

A 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.
  • NLC is a Tree Campus USA certified 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 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​​​

Climate Leadership

Since 2007, North Lake College has been leading campus sustainability with efforts in instructional programs, facilities operations, and community collaboration.

Sustainability Vision Statement

To serve as a leader in a network of individuals and organizations for Economic, Environmental and Societal Sustainability, and working with community partners, we will enhance and develop our curriculum, policies, and workforce initiatives to meet the challenges of our future together.

STARS Program

In 2009, North Lake College was a pilot project participant of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) for Colleges and Universities. Read the pilot project results (PDF).
STARS is a part of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), of which North Lake is a member.

Presidents' Climate Commitment

In 2007, Dr. Herlinda Glasscock, then-President of North Lake, first signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). That commitment has been renewed by NLC's current president, Christa Slejko, who has added her signature to ACUPCC.

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.

National Involvement