Ecotech Institute Receives Gold LEED Certification
Aug 9, 2011
Ecotech Institute's flagship campus in Aurora, CO has received the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
"This is one of the highest honors anyone can receive in green building and design and we are thrilled to receive gold–status recognition for the numerous design elements we've incorporated into Ecotech," said Tom Moore, President and CEO for Education Corporation of America (ECA), Ecotech Institute's parent company. "We want to make sure we're truly walking the talk for our students, so we took great care in how we designed Ecotech."
Examples of Ecotech Institute's sustainable design include:
- Renewable energy sources generating more than 65,000–kilowatt hours of electricity annually
- Twelve rooftop solar panels with a system capacity of 2.8 kilowatts
- Eight small wind turbines mounted on the roof generating up to 4.8 kilowatts of electricity
- Energy efficient lighting which reduces energy consumption by 30%
- Real–time monitoring of campus power, natural gas, and water consumption
- Low–flow toilet fixtures which help reduce water use significantly
- Motion sensors and a programmed schedule to limit lighting in unoccupied rooms
Ecotech's LEED gold certified building opened for classes in January 2011. Currently about 250 students are taking classes at Ecotech and the first graduating class will receive their diplomas in July 2012.