Environmentally conscious efforts wins recognition
Originally published in the Sept. 10, 2013 print edition of the Sac City Express
City College’s Davis Outreach Center was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification last month for meeting standards of design and sustainability for energy efficiency as set by the U.S. Green Building Council, according to City College Public Information Officer Amanda Davis.
The LEED certification was awarded Aug. 5 by the U.S Green Building Council, honoring the Davis Center for its energy, lighting, water and material use among other energy and cost-saving methods.
In addition to helping the environment, a LEED certified building also contributes to saving money for families, taxpayers and businesses, according to Davis.
Davis Center Dean Don Palm said that a big reason that the building is considered “green” is its use of outside light.
“The architect … really tried to use available light as much as possible so the building turns out to be open and there’s a lot of natural light bouncing around in it,” said Palm.
“It’s a really comfortable space and that’s tangible for students,” he added. “They can really be comfortable and that really makes it a better learning environment. It’s a nice space to be in and a nice space for learning in, and I think it’s something we’ll all benefit from in the long run.”
City College President Kathryn Jeffery noted that the green building serves another purpose—to help make students more aware of the importance of energy-saving strategies.
According to Palm, the LEED certification not only takes into account the final building and its use of green technology and strategies, but certification is also based on the use of local contractors and equipment.
“Part of what we’re trying to do with this building is to be good neighbors,” said Palm. “By being LEED certified, we’re participating in the neighborhood and university’s activities in an effort to be more environmentally conscious and helping students learn by participating in this big experiment, being more green as a way of living. You don’t actually have to change your life dramatically; there [are] some little things — like using more natural light — that can make a huge difference.”
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