Green Building and Grounds
Goal: Reduce the impacts of Tri-C’s buildings by following the USGBC’s LEED standards and other best sustainable design and construction practices, creating healthy spaces and programs, and improving stormwater management.
Progress to date:
- Cuyahoga Community College has received four certifications under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. In addition, Tri-C established Sustainable Renovations Guidelines to reduce the impacts of smaller renovation projects.
LEED Case Studies:
All four of these recently constructed buildings are energy efficient, take advantage of daylight, are frugal with water resources, provide a healthy indoor environment, and enhance the academic experience.
Other examples of efforts to reduce the impacts of our buildings and grounds include:
- 30% reduction in potable water use in existing buildings since 2000. Water saving projects completed to date include:
- Boiler blowdown controls
- Swimming pool cover installations
- Water efficient restroom fixture retrofits
- The design of the Westshore campus includes enough open space to allow 90% of the average annual precipitation to be contained and treated on-site rather than running off into stormwater infrastructure.