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STLCC-Wildwood Is Certified Gold

March 31, 2008

Representatives from the St. Louis chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council recently presented St. Louis Community College officials with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold medallion for the new Wildwood campus at the recent STLCC Board of Trustees meeting at Wildwood.

Participating in the presentation were, from left, Robert Nelson, chair of the STLCC Board of Trustees; Zelema Harris, chancellor; JoAnn Brooks, senior project architect with HOK Planning Group who also is a member of the USGBC executive board; Carla Chance, STLCC vice chancellor of finance and business services; and Steve Andert, senior vice president of electrical engineering with William Tao and Associates who also is a member of the USGBC executive board.

STLCC-Wildwood is the largest community college facility in the United States to earn LEED gold certification. The LEED green building rating system is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.  The gold rating is the second highest ranking obtainable under the LEED system.

The rating is based on incorporation of design and construction features that address site sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere considerations, materials and resources usage, indoor environmental quality, and innovative design.  To achieve gold certification, a building must earn at least 39 points in those six areas.  The Wildwood campus applied for 47 points and received 46.