The College is committed to conserving natural and fiscal resources, and maintaining healthy and comfortable work/study conditions. This policy furthers those ends by delineating objectives to be met when creating new facilities or renovating existing ones.
- Conservation of natural resources. The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health and productivity. As a signatory to the Talloires Declaration, Lane Community College is committed to conserving energy, water, and other natural resources, as well as minimizing disturbance to natural habitats.
- Healthy and comfortable work/study conditions. Lane Community College is committed to designing and constructing campus facilities that help promote the health and comfort of building occupants.
- Conservation of financial resources. Lane Community College is committed to using financial resources wisely by considering the long-term costs of operations and maintenance when designing new facilities and by ensuring maximized utilization of existing spaces prior to constructing new facilities.
Therefore the college shall:
- Fully use existing space prior to considering construction of new space;
- When there are new or expanding programming needs, give preference to the following strategies in this order:
- building additions
- new buildings only if strong burden of proof that it is required;
- Offset the negative impact of construction such that there is no net loss of current ecological functions on the college's property;
- Construct climate responsive energy efficient facilities using integrated design; and
- Meet or exceed U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System certified standards.
- Retrofitting: Incorporating new technologies into a building space in order to make it more energy-efficient, comfortable, or useful for the occupants.
- Remodeling: Changing the construction of the interior of a building in order to make the space more useful for the occupants.
- Integrated Design: A multidisciplinary team approach to designing facilities in which architects, landscape architects, engineers, builders, and users work together in an interactive process to design facilities.
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System: A voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.
- Talloires Declaration: Composed in 1990 at an international conference in Talloires, France, this is the first official statement made by university administrators of a commitment to environmental sustainability in higher education. The Talloires Declaration is a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations, and outreach at colleges and universities.
- U.S. Green Building Council: A national coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.