Stockton Campus Center receives LEED gold standard
One higher education facility has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certification. The Current reports that the Richard Stockton College Campus Center recently received the accolade after the Office of Plant Management worked closely with KSS Architects of Princeton and Philadelphia to incorporate many sustainable features into the design of the structure.
"LEED Gold certification is an honor that we are proud to announce," Stockton President Herman Saatkamp said. "Our hope is that by earning this prestigious designation, we are influencing our students and the community to follow in our footsteps and to make even greater strides towards a healthier environment."
The College is located in New Jersey, along the Pennsylvania border. The development of an energy-efficient building was important for campus officials.
"As the largest college campus in New Jersey, located in the Pinelands National Reserve, we envisioned the Campus Center not only as a student hub, but an opportunity to make a commitment to the environment, our students and our community," Saatkamp said. "We are doing our part to ensure a healthy environment for future generations, and in doing so, there is the added benefit of saving students and taxpayers money by using less energy and water."
U.S. News and World Report claims that the higher education organization is a public institution that was founded in 1969. The college is set in a suburban setting and was ranked number 47 in the 2013 edition of the news source’s Best Colleges in Regional Universities for the north. The college has tried to incorporate a number of sustainability practices.
"The certification was more than three full years in the making, and the decision to strive for LEED was envisioned before the design efforts began," Stockton Energy Specialist Alice Gitchell said. "The College first met the seven prerequisites and then went through a design certification followed by a construction certification two years later."
The presence of sustainability initiatives is growing the in New Jersey and Pennsylvania regions. For example, the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an Energy-Regional Innovation Center. By improving economic growth initiatives in the field of green energy, the organization hopes to support both job growth and sustainability in the state of Pennsylvania.