MEDIA ALERT: Richland College to dedicate new LEED Platinum-designed/constructed Science Building

Richland College is actively involved in the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and to exercise leadership in the community by modeling ways to minimize global warming emissions and providing the knowledge and educated students and graduates to achieve climate neutrality. It is in the spirit of this commitment that Richland College has designed and constructed its new science building to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum standards, the highest level of LEED criteria. It is intended that the systems and operation of this building function in ways that produce minimal impact to the environment and the college’s carbon footprint and provide daily, measurable lessons from which Richland College students, faculty, staff, and community visitors can learn and teach how buildings can function in ways that are friendly, neutral, and sustaining to the environment. Some of the LEED design features are:

• 57,000 underground cistern to collect rainwater, roof run-off, and building condensate for landscape irrigation and toilet operation;
• bioswales of native plant material to filter and direct collected water to underground cistern;
• white reflective roof to minimize heat in the building during warmest periods of the year;
• light monitors and light shelves to harvest and direct sunlight in ways for building use that minimize energy use; and
• green roof terrace and green wall native plants to minimize heat in the building during warmest periods of the year.

Who: Richland College

What: Sabine Hall Science Building Dedication

When: 1-2 p.m., April 22

Where: Richland College
12800 Abrams Road
Dallas, TX 75243

Contact: Anitra Cotton
972-238-6022 (office)