Campus Sustainability

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Under construction: LWTech's Allied Health Building


LWTech is committed to sustainability, in our classroom buildings and on our surrounding grounds.

The college is a signatory to the American College and University President Climate Commitment whose purpose it to promote leadership in their communities and throughout society by modeling ways to eliminate global warming emissions, and by providing the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality.

Here's a look at some of the initiatives being undertaken.


All buildings are being constructed following guidelines set by the U.S. Green Building Council Certification program Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The LEED rating is based using strategies to improve performance in energy savings, water efficiency, carbon emissions reduction, improved environmental quality and stewardship of resources.

The Allied Health Building on the Kirkland Campus is being constructed to achieve a Silver rating and is only a few points away from Gold status. The 83,000-square foot building is scheduled for completion in April 2011.

The Redmond Campus Building, constructed in 2005, was LWTech's first to earn the Silver rating and also the first in city of Redmond's to be constructed to meet LEED Silver Standards.

"The LEED rating is based using strategies to improve performance in energy savings, water efficiency, carbon emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources," explains Thomas. "We are committed that all new campus construction will be built to at least the LEED Silver Standing."

All capital projects comply with State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) laws and guidelines.

Facility Operations

  • Board Policies - Sustainable Practices
    • Chapter 9 - The college will value the environment and strive to promote conserving natural resources and the goals of the Growth Management Act and Sustainable Practices Executive Order.  The college will promote sustainable practices and sustainability education at the college and in the community.

  • Energy Management
    • Energy Star Portfolio Manager - monitors energy usage; greenhouse gas emissions

    • Puget Sound Energy Efficiency Program and Rebates

    • Actively manage energy use - adjust systems for non-use periods; utilize energy efficient equipment and devices

  • Waste Management - Recycling program
    • Recycle and compost food waste - Food Services & Culinary

    • Comingled recycling for paper, plastic, and glass throughout college

    • Wood recycling for pallets and other wood materials

    • Metal recycling for programs to recycle all types of metal

    • Other recycling programs for small batteries; light bulbs and lamps; car batteries used oil, diesel fuel, brake fluid, antifreeze, etc.

    • Set up our own "Office Supplies Depot" in Facilities to reuse binders, file folders, and other useful office supplies

  • Grounds Management

    • Integrated Pest Management - (Board Policy Chapter 9) utilize ecologically sound methods and practices; pesticide/herbicide free.

    • Drought tolerant plants

  • Custodial Services

    • Utilizes paper products that are 100% recycled and EcoLogo Certified

    • Utilize environmentally preferred, bio-based solutions that are safer for users and surfaces

    •  Use solutions that are biodegradable

    • Hand soap is green seal certified which meets standards for reduced human and aquatic toxicity and reduced smog production potential

    • No longer buy aerosol cleaning products.

  • Transportation

    • Commute Trip Reduction

      • Providing bus passes;

    • Purchase fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles

      • 2 Toyota Prius and 1 Ford Escape hybrid vehicles

    • Alternate and flexible work schedules and locations

    • Promote "Bike to work or school"

  • Purchasing

    • Purchase 100% recycled white paper for offices, printers and copy machines

    • Purchase Furnishings that are Greenguard Certified Products that meet established emission rates for Total Volatile Organic Compounds, formaldehyde, aldehydes, ozone, and particles.

  • Other

    • Promote paperless operations and processes

    • Utilize alternative meeting methods including ITV, conference calls, online