Lindsay Neemann

The Omaha projects were certified using the LEED campus program.

As an advisory board member for USGBC Nebraska Flatwater, I'm been excited to share the news of recent projects at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Omaha, Nebraska, earning LEED Gold certification.

The three new LEED Gold projects were MCC's Construction Education Center, Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology and Career and Academic Skills Center. These buildings join two existing LEED-certified projects in MCC’s portfolio and around 38 total certified projects in the Omaha area.

The projects were certified using the campus program, allowing site credits and energy credits to be submitted collectively for the separate projects. The buildings are located at MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus at 30th and Fort streets, part of a $90 million, 15-acre capital expansion effort that began in 2015.

Sustainable features in the buildings include daylighting devices and ample efficient windows, sun screens to reduce glare and heat gain, LED lighting throughout and a green roof. The buildings provide real-time energy monitoring and a dashboard for visitors to track measures including waste, transportation and greenhouse gas emissions.

Students in an MCC graphic design class designed signage within the buildings as part of a Building Education ID (Innovation in Design) credit, and the signs describe many of the sustainability strategies. Several points were gained through site characteristics, including its access to public transportation and location close to community services. MCC’s "Pass to Class" free bus pass program earned the projects an additional ID credit. The main parking area also features an electric vehicle charging station, which can be used by members of the community with electric vehicles.

Join the USGBC Nebraska Flatwater community when we partner with AIA on August 29 for a tour of the vegetative roof of the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology. Details will be coming soon in our community digest. Not sure if you're on the list for our updates? Sign up for emails.

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