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Georgia Gwinnett College student center earns LEED Silver certification

Georgia Gwinnett College’s student center has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification. (Photo: GGC)

Georgia Gwinnett College’s student center has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification. (Photo: GGC)

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Georgia Gwinnett College’s student center has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification. Two students walk on campus earlier this year. (Photo: GGC)

LAWRENCEVILLE — The library isn’t the only building on the Georgia Gwinnett College campus that’s green certified.

GGC’s student center recently attained silver status certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which is considered the stringent environmental certification of the U.S. Green Building Council.

“We’re big believers that independent third-party certification is a critical part of the program,” Dennis Creech, executive director of Southface, an affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council, said in a press release. “People can make claims about green, but you ought to be saying, ‘Prove it,’ and that’s what that certification says. Green is a term that can be defined many different ways and that’s why certification is so important.”

The student center has a three-story glass curtain wall, and an outdoor terrace and dining area that overlook a water feature that doubles as an irrigation resource. Gathering spaces also take advantage of natural light in the building that’s 81,397 square feet.

GGC has LEED-accredited faculty members, a sustainability committee, storm-water management, a farmers’ market once or twice a year, green spaces, walking trails, and a comprehensive recycling program. Students are involved in all key decisions.