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Bond commitment to sustainability in play at all campuses and centers

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Solar panel array on Willow Creek's roof on a sunny day

View of Willow Creek’s 109 kWh roof-top photovolactic solar array.

July 11, 2014
By Karen Kane

At PCC, sustainability isn’t just an ideal, it’s a commitment that extends to all the work being accomplished through the 2008 voter-approved bond program. As the college  increases classroom space, updates equipment and technology, expands workforce training programs and remodels aging buildings, it maintains its dedication to achieving LEED certification in all buildings.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Awarded by the US Green Building Council, LEED certification is achieved through a set of rating systems for design, construction, operation and maintenance.

Two of the new buildings constructed through PCC’s $374 million voter-approved bond program have earned LEED certification – the Willow Creek (Platinum) and Newberg Centers (Gold), as has the remodeled and renovated Downtown Center (Gold). The new addition to Building 7 on the Rock Creek Campus and the new Student Commons on the Southeast Campus are in the certification process and are slated for LEED Silver certification. Three other buildings are on track for LEED gold. They include the Library at Southeast, and two new buildings currently under construction on the Cascade Campus, the Student Union and Cascade Hall (the new administration building).

Attached is a guide to key sustainability achievements throughout the PCC system made possible by bond dollars. They also include the installation of solar arrays, partnerships with neighboring communities and opportunities for business development.

PCC solar and sustainability achievements

PCC’S 2008 voter-approved $374 million bond program is increasing opportunities for residents to access quality, affordable higher education close to where they live and work. Additional classrooms, updated equipment and technology, and advanced workforce training programs are helping to pave the way for future employment options. For more information, visit the PCC Bond Website.

About Karen Kane

Karen Kane is the Community Relations Manager for the Sylvania Campus. A passionate storyteller and communicator, Karen has told the stories for several organizations in Portland, including the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the ... more »