Lake Washington Institute of Technology (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. LWTech has undertaken several initiatives.
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 achieved a Silver rating and is only a few points away from Gold status. The 83,000-square foot building was completed in April 2011.
The college currently leases out its Redmond Campus Building to the City of Redmond. The building was constructed in 2005, and 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 Bill Thomas, VIce President of Administration. "We are committed that all new campus construction will be built to at least the LEED Silver Standing."
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 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
Recycle and compost food waste: Food Services & Culinary.
Co-mingled 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.
Integrated Pest Management: (Board Policy Chapter 9) utilize ecologically sound methods and practices; pesticide/herbicide free.
Drought tolerant plants.
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.
Commute Trip Reduction: providing bus passes.
Purchase fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles: 4 hybrid vehicles part of LWTech's fleet (2 Toyota Prius, 1 Ford @Max, 1 Ford Escape).
Alternate and flexible work schedules and locations.
Promote "Bike to work or school."
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.
Promote paperless operations and processes.
Utilize alternative meeting methods including ITV, conference calls, online.