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March 1, 2010     Volume 2


A green future for Leech Lake Tribal College
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Minnesota: Our world is working towards going green, and Leech Lake Tribal College is doing its part. One of its major projects for 2010 is to create a master campus development plan. The plan will:

Focus on the using more renewable energy and designing sustainable buildings.
Guide all future construction.
Share ways to increase energy efficiency.
Address the effects current campus buildings have on the environment.
Require future construction to have LEED certification.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certificates are given for quality, efficiency and sustainability. It is the national benchmark for high performance green buildings.

LLTC President Dr. Ginny Carney says a sustainable development plan supports the college’s mission.

It is vitally important that LLTC have a Master Campus Plan that is aligned with the college’s mission, values and strategic plan. This plan will ensure that the college’s core values will drive all future campus development.”

“While the up-front capital costs of energy-efficient construction are a little steeper, it will be more than repaid in lower operational costs over time,” said Vice President Sharon Kotla. “But what is really important is that we are committed to growing in a way that takes responsibility for protecting the land, air and water around us, for generations to come.”

The planning project is funded by grants from the Blandin Foundation and Clean Energy Resource Teams. The remaining cost is from donations from individual LLTC supporters. 

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