Campus Sustainability

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is committed to sustainability, in our classroom buildings and on our surrounding grounds.

The college is a signatory to the American College and University President Climate Commitment whose purpose it to promote leadership in their communities and throughout society by modeling ways to eliminate global warming emissions, and by providing the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality. LWTech has undertaken several initiatives.

Buildings

All buildings are being constructed following guidelines set by the U.S. Green Building Council Certification program Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The LEED rating is based using strategies to improve performance in energy savings, water efficiency, carbon emissions reduction, improved environmental quality and stewardship of resources.

The Allied Health Building on the Kirkland Campus achieved a Silver rating and is only a few points away from Gold status. The 83,000-square foot building was completed in April 2011.

The college currently leases out its Redmond Campus Building to the City of Redmond. The building was constructed in 2005, and was LWTech's first to earn the Silver rating and also the first in city of Redmond's to be constructed to meet LEED Silver Standards.

"The LEED rating is based using strategies to improve performance in energy savings, water efficiency, carbon emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources," explains Bill Thomas, VIce President of Administration. "We are committed that all new campus construction will be built to at least the LEED Silver Standing."

All capital projects comply with State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) laws and guidelines. 

Facility Operations