The Homeland Security Education Center has been awarded a Gold LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
With a silver certification for the TEC, the HSC can now set the record for the first building to receive a Gold certification on the new 2009 version of LEED certifications.
The HSC is a building that holds campus police officers and helps aspiring firefighters, police officers and other first responders train while saving energy all together.
The HSC received the certification for water efficient landscaping, water usage reduction and tracking of construction recycled content.
According to Project Manager of Facilities Julie Carey, the HSC receiving a LEED certification means that COD has value.
“I believe it demonstrates COD’s environmental values and dedication to sustainability,” Carey said. “COD ensures that design and construction practices performed on campus do not negatively impact the environment and help make the building a healthier place for everybody.”
Carey said the HSC has been saving energy and money for two years and that they are planning to apply the saved power to a new building like the Seaton Computing Center.
The HSC has exceeded in green power which is what secured a Gold Certification for the building and Carey said this is what separates COD from other community colleges.
“While other community colleges may have LEED certified buildings on campus, no other community college can say that essentially every building on campus is LEED certified,” Carey said.
Along with the college standing out from others, COD easily got through obstacles along the way.
“I do not believe there is one specific obstacle that makes it difficult to earn certifications,” Carey said. “We have intelligent, dedicated professionals working for the College to help us reach our certification goals.”
Carey said the college will be submitting the BIC and the CHC for silver certification in the future.
“COD has three certified buildings so far with the intention of earning certification on seven more,” Carey said.