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Jan. 24

Jan. 24, 2018

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager

531-MCC-2876

darayment@mccneb.edu

mccneb.edu

 

MCC earns LEED Gold status for new buildings

 

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College’s Construction Education Center, Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology and Career and Academic Skills Center each earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status as designated by the United States Green Building Council. 

 

To become LEED certified, a building is evaluated for sustainability measures and building features. There are four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. There are currently 37 certified LEED projects in the Omaha area. 

 

“Our team went above and beyond to incorporate sustainable strategies wherever possible, focusing on occupants’ health and well-being as well as building-wide energy savings,” said Sarah Murray, coordinator of Sustainable Practices at MCC. “Achieving LEED Gold certification for each building demonstrates the College’s commitment to sustainable practices and reinforces the goal of reducing our carbon footprint while providing students and employees a modern place to work learn.”

 

Sustainable features in the buildings include daylighting devices and ample efficient windows, sun screens to reduce glare and heat gain and a green roof. The buildings provide real-time energy monitoring and implemented measures to reduce energy use and water consumption within. The buildings also have educational energy dashboards and signage so building users can better understand the sustainable features. Additionally, the LEED rating recognizes characteristics of the site, including its access to public transportation and location close to community services. The main parking area also features an EV charging station, which is available for use by members of the community with electrical vehicles. 

 

For more information about MCC’s Campus Planning and Sustainability practices, visit mccneb.edu/cps. To learn more about becoming LEED certified, visit new.usgbc.org. 

 

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Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.