Germanna Community College received a Greenforce Initiative innovation grant award to design a program to train students to be guides for their new green building and provide an opportunity for engineering students, specifically, to learn from the architects and builders as construction is in progress. Germanna opened their new green, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver building in May 2012. The new science & engineering building, located at Germanna's Fredericksburg campus, features low maintenance landscaping, a vegetative roof, a rainwater harvesting system, integrated shading and daylight sensors, a wind turbine, laboratory exhausts using an energy recovery system, low-flow fixtures, and much more.
On opening day several student guides were available to give tours to show the green features of the building. The students will be available to give tours to fellow students, faculty, staff and community members during the fall and spring semesters. The three story, 52,000 square foot building provides laboratories, instructional resources, student services and more to Germanna's campus community and the broader Fredericksburg community.
Check out Germanna Community College's Workforce Development Website to see what's new with their workforce development and green jobs training programs.
Germanna Community College's New LEED Silver Science & Engineering Building, 5.24.12
Germanna Opens New Building and Commons, 5.22.12
Virginia Community College's are going green, 12.16.11
NWF Campus Ecology Staff Tour New Green Building at Germanna Community College, 11.21.11
Denise Guest, Dean, Professional & Technical Studies, email@example.com