Central College becomes fourth Iowa school to join Alliance for Resilient Campuses

Nick Fetty | July 10, 2014
Central College Pond on the Central College campus in Pella, Iowa. Photo by Central College Alumni; Flickr
Central College Pond on the Central College campus in Pella, Iowa.
Photo by Central College Alumni; Flickr

Central College has become the most recent higher education institute in Iowa to join the Alliance for Resilient Campuses.

Central – a liberal arts college with 1,486 undergrads located in Pella, Iowa – is among 35 other colleges and universities across the nation that aim to “respond to the challenges of climate change and work to ensure greater community resilience.”

In 2003, the Vermeer Science Center at Central College became the first building on an Iowa campus to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

The Alliance for Resilient Campuses is an initiative by Second Nature, a nonprofit Boston-based organization that aims “to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education.” The group was founded in 1993 and the Alliance for Resilient Campuses was started in May of this year.

Three other Iowa institutes are members of the Alliance for Resilient Campuses: Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Drake University in Des Moines, and Iowa Lakes Community College with campuses in Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer and Spirit Lake.

On the Radio: Iowa State University earns LEED certification

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This week’s On the Radio segment covers Iowa State University’s achievements in environmentally focused building design. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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College of Public Health building earns LEED Platinum certification

The College of Public Health Building at the University of Iowa was certified with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

The College of Public Health building at the University of Iowa is the first academic building on campus to earn platinum certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the highest standard for green design.

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Video: UI’s green buildings

Back in 2009, the University of Iowa committed themselves to building while following LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. LEED provides third-party verification of green buildings, and gives grades such as silver, gold and platinum depending on the buildings’ energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.

UI has exceeded expectations in their recent construction projects. The school’s Information Technology Facility is one of the few IT buildings in the world to receive a platinum grade.

Johnson County conservation buildings receive environmental awards

Photo by Multnomah County Library, Flickr

The Johnson County Conservation Board received gold certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) organization for their Conservation Headquarters building and Conservation Maintenance Facility building. The gold designation is the highest honor awarded through the LEED system.

Some of the buildings’ green features include occupancy sensors for the lights, the use of recycled materials during construction and a computer monitored geothermal heating and cooling system.

For more information of these eco-friendly buildings, view the North Liberty Leader’s article.