How do you make buildings that save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment?

North Lake College uses sustainable construction strategies, aggressive energy conservation policies and a greener campus.

LEED Certified Buildings

Awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certifications are based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the campus itself and the broader community.

Three buildings at North Lake College have received these prestigious certifications in the last five years.

Science and Medical Professions Building

Workforce Development Center

Student Life Center

“We take sustainability seriously and we’re in it for the long haul,” says NLC Director of Facilities John Watson. “While there are no specific [construction] projects on the immediate horizon, incorporating LEED planning principles well in advance is very important.”

From low-flow water fixtures to furnishings high in recycled content, the LEED certified buildings at North Lake College boast many sustainable features. NLC’s Fine Arts classrooms, as well as North and South campuses, are also built to LEED construction principles but are not seeking certification at this time.

Native Gardens

Featuring plants native to Texas, the North Lake College native gardens create a picturesque landscape as students move from class to class.  These gardens are more than simply pretty. Since 2003, the NLC native gardens have reduced irrigation by 50 percent and decreased maintenance and labor by
70 percent.

The most significant part? North Lake irrigates the majority of the Central Campus with recycled rain water, generating $70,000 in annual savings.

Energy Savings

North Lake College is committed to energy conservation:

  • Campus corridors with automated lighting controls
  • Computer labs programmed to power down
  • Campus buildings continually audited for energy efficiency
  • A temperature daily set point monitored throughout campus buildings
  • Installation replacements
  • Feasibility study underway for using solar heat to power the Natatorium mechanical heat exchangers