Non-Toxic Tip: Use green alternatives to household chemicals and pesticides.
Many cleaners and pesticides can be harmful to the environment as well as to the health of both humans and animals. It’s easy to buy or make non-toxic alternatives.
Check out Martha Stewart’s ideas for Green Cleaning.
North Lake College signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which pledges that our institution will eliminate its contribution to global climate change over time.
- Our campus features native gardens with low-maintenance plants.
- All storm water is collected in our 3.5-acre lake and reused for irrigation, generating $70,000 in annual savings.
- Computer labs power down overnight.
- All new carpet is made from post-consumer recycled content and old carpet is recycled during all replacement projects.
- Our campus involvement groups include Sustainable Blazer committees, the student Green Club, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society involvement, and Service Learning programs.
- In January 2014, NLC was certified a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Learn more about this designation.
Energy Conservation Efforts
- sustainable energy policy
- automated lighting controls for corridors, offices and parking lots
- ongoing energy audit of all campus building spaces to assess their energy efficiency
- energy-efficient VFD drives on all mechanical drives for air handling units and pumps
- recommissioned HVAC system in the Building C and A-300 area, using EAB deficiency report
- carefully maintained daily temperature points: 75° F (summer) and 70° F (winter)
- new tunnel utility piping insulation under Building F
- new mechanical system in Building H
- new HVAC operational practices and maintenance awareness training
Sustainable Construction Strategies
Three of our buildings have been awarded LEED certification:
- Science and Medical Professions Building: LEED NC Silver Certification
- Workforce Development Center: LEED CI Certification
- Student Life Center H Building: LEED CI Silver Certification
Several more buildings were built to LEED standards:
- North Campus: built to LEED construction principles, not seeking certification
- South Campus: built to LEED construction principles, not seeking certification
- Fine Arts and General Classroom Building: built to LEED construction principles, not seeking certification
Presidents' Climate Commitment
In 2007, Dr. Herlinda Glasscock, then-President of North Lake, signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. The Presidents' Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by gaining institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate.
Representatives from the U.S. Green Building Council, North Lake College, and the local community commemorate the LEED Silver Certification of the H building (Student Life Center).