Hawaii Community College earns LEED platinum
Hawaii Community College’s Pālamanui campus has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest rating possible in the sustainable building program, according to the school.
The school “is committed to being a community leader in West Hawaii in the areas of science, culture and conservation,” Dr. Marty Fletcher, the school’s director. “By designing a campus to achieve the highest possible rating in the LEED sustainable building program, we are demonstrating our commitment to those principles.”
Hawaii CC – Pālamanui is the west Hawaii campus of Hawaii Community College with more than 500 students enrolled during the past academic year in programs such as liberal arts, digital media arts, hospitality and tourism and others.
The first phase of Hawaii CC – Pālamanui was completed in August 2015 and includes 24,000 square feet of learning space comprised of classrooms, culinary arts kitchens and science labs.
The campus earned the LEED platinum rating by incorporating numerous sustainable design elements in the facility. This includes onsite photovoltaics for electricity; efficient use of water, including a “living machine” natural wastewater recycling system; certified sustainable wood; low-emitting paints and adhesives.
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