The highest possible standard given by the United States Green Building Council has been given to Ithaca College’s new green center— the Peggy Ryan Williams Center. The College’s green center has recently been awarded by the USGBC with the LEED Platinum certification— Ithaca’s second Platinum standard certification in its campus.
Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise—the other green center in Ithaca’s campus also receives Platinum from the USGBC in 2008, which makes Ithaca one of the two academic institutions worldwide to receive the highest LEED standard.
Yale University also has two LEED Platinum certifications for its newly constructed green center in the campus.
The 58,000-square-foot green center features a multi- purpose auditorium for student admissions and a large atrium that overlooks Cayuga Lake.
About 50 percent of the green center comes from renewable energy sources including a geothermal system that utilizes the earth’s temperature for cooling and heating.
The center also features other sustainable designs including a 6,500 square feet of vegetated roof area, natural convection ventilations, light fixtures controlled by sensors, automatic ventilation based on the natural levels of light and occupancy that reduces its energy consumption, water storage device that serves about 85 percent of the center’s annual water needs.
Ithaca’s two green centers— Peggy Ryan Williams and Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park are linked by a Classroom linked corridor, which is also has a LEED Gold certification.
Besides the college’s green center, a multipurpose complex— athletics and events center will be opened this fall and expects to receive a LEED Silver.