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Ohlone center trains students for jobs in green tech sector
Not only did Ohlone College receive platinum LEED certification for its Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology—the highest level offered by the U.S. Green Building Council—it also designed the campus to incorporate teaching of green principles and environmental issues.
Habitat courses, for example, are offered in places on the 81-acre site adjacent to the bay. Teaching can happen wherever possible, according to Turner Construction Co., which provided construction management services on the project, and as many spaces as possible will be utilized.
The college plans to create a living laboratory by doing wetland restoration on campus, and there is an educational display that explains the building’s green features to students and the public.
Only about 60 buildings have achieved LEED platinum status, and Ohlone’s Newark campus is the first college to be awarded the honor, according to Turner.