Metro Earns LEED Gold Status for New Buildings

OMAHA – Metropolitan Community College’s Construction Education Center, the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology, and the Career and Academic Skills Center have all earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status.

The LEED statuses are designated by the United States Green Building Council. Metro’s buildings stand beside 37 other LEED certified projects in the Omaha area. To become certified a building is evaluated for sustainability measures and building features.

Public and Media Relations Manager for Metro Derek Rayment says they had been working on receiving the certification during the design stages of the buildings. He adds the features of sustainability in each building support the college’s goals and mission.

“As a community college we of course really care about the Omaha community and the four counties we serve,” said Rayment. “The sustainable features in the buildings, I think, really go along with the college’s mission of supporting the environment as well as training our students for careers in construction and architecture. They can utilize these features and really learn how they go into buildings, and hopefully carry that on to their professional careers.”

The sustainable features in the buildings include daylighting devices and ample efficient windows and sun screens to reduce glare and heat gain. The buildings provide real-time energy monitoring and implemented measures to reduce energy use and water consumption within. They also have educational energy dashboards and signage so users can better understand the features.

More information about Metro’s Campus Planning and Sustainability practices can be found online at mccneb.edu/cps.

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