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Ohlone College New Campus is the "Greenest College in the World"

The News, Community College League of California, Fall 2008, p. 7. View PDF scan of printed article.

Ohlone College Newark Center. —Photo by Robert Canfield Photography.

LEED Platinum—the highest level possible—was awarded to Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology for green building construction. Ohlone president, Dr. Gari Browning, received notice from the US Green Building Council that the new Ohlone College campus in Newark achieved Platinum Certification for environmentally sustainable construction and building operation.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, sets standards for building construction and operation that will have the least negative impact on the environment and the greatest benefit to the community and the building occupants. LEED certification is determined by a point system, with points given for each environmentally sound construction or operational process. Trained LEED specialists work with the project directors to help maximize the number of beneficial techniques incorporated into the construction.

LEED points received by Ohlone include the following practices: 1585 solar panels that generate up to 50% of the building’s energy needs; 26 miles of geothermal ground coils; two 10-foot diameter enthalpy wheels, fresh-air energy recapture systems that save up to 25% of costs for cooling and heating; water efficient, Bay Friendly® landscaping; ground denim insulation, more efficient than traditional fiberglass; carpet made from 30% to 38% recycled plastics; up to 97% recyclable, ergonomically-designed furniture; recycled content terrazzo flooring; “machiche” Guatemalan hardwood, responsibly harvested using Forest Stewardship Council guidelines; brownfield remediation of pesticide contaminated soil; wetland restoration site to become Living Laboratory for campus; low VOC emission paint.

The Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology opened in January 2008 with an enrollment of over 3200 students. The building encompasses 135,000 square feet on an 81 acre site.

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