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The certification is awarded by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and represents USGB’s second-highest rating that recognizes outstanding commitment to sustainability in building planning, construction and management.
“The sustainable building practices Monroe County embraced in MCC’s new downtown campus will protect local taxpayers and our environment for years to come,” Dinolfo stated. “From its state-of-the-art green roof to energy saving features, our beautiful new facility certainly earned LEED Gold Certification by projecting to save taxpayers nearly $120,000 per year. My thanks to Dr. Kress, and our project partners, for helping to make this gold-winning campus a reality.”
“MCC’s downtown campus reflects the college’s long-held commitment to sustainability,” Kress added. “This is evident in everything from the learning environment, to the curriculum, to the daily operation of our campuses. As part of the High Falls EcoDistrict, we embrace our responsibility to do what is best for the environment and our community, and to empower our students to be agents of change.”
Projects must earn 60 points from USGBC and provide relevant documentation to receive a LEED Gold rating.
MCC’s downtown Campus earned 64 points for a wide array of sustainability features, including its green roof, double-pane wall of windows along State Street, and responsible construction material use, according to officials.
Eighty percent of all construction waste was diverted from landfills and fifteen percent of the materials purchased for the project were manufactured using recycled materials.
The total cost of the project was $78 million, primarily shared by Monroe County ($36 million) and the State University of New York ($39 million).
An estimated $680,000 was also added to the overall project cost to receive the LEED Gold rating, with the county estimating a return on investment at less than 7 years, based on annualized energy savings.
Additional grant funding wasprovided by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Visit new.usgbc.org/leed for additional information regarding the LEED rating.