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New culinary building at JCCC earns LEED silver rating

05/16/14

New culinary building at JCCC earns LEED silver rating

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The new Hospitality and Culinary Academy at Johnson County Community College has earned a LEED Silver certification.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a nationally recognized green building certification program that rates buildings based on their energy-saving and environmentally friendly construction. It is supervised by the U.S. Green Building Council. Buildings are rated by independent parties and accrue points in seven categories: sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and regional priorities.

The rating is based on the number of points scored out of a maximum total of 110 for the system used in rating the Hospitality and Culinary Academy; the academy received 51 points.

“The LEED rating is more than just a plaque on a wall for us,” said Rex Hays, associate vice president for campus services and facilities planning. “It reflects the value we place on being good stewards of the earth and good stewards of taxpayer money.”

The Hospitality and Culinary Academy is the third JCCC building to earn a LEED rating. Galileo’s Pavilion, a classroom building that opened in 2012, earned a platinum ranking and the college’s Olathe Health Education Center that opened in 2011 earned a gold ranking.

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