The Orange Coast College Recycling Center is taking sustainability initiatives to a new level by becoming the first facility in the world to achieve LEED Gold certification, Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) v2 certification, and TRUE Zero Waste certification. This unprecedented milestone pays homage to OCC’s commitment to sustainable practices on and off campus.
On July 22 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GCBI) CEO Mahesh Ramanujam presented an award to the College during a ceremony at the Ronnenberg Center for Environmental Sustainability Center that recognized the achievement. During the ceremony Ramanujam praised OCC for serving as an example in sustainable practices: “Your facility is optimized, it is well established, and most importantly it is serving as an example here in California, for the United States and for the rest of the world,” he said.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is the most widely used green building program in the world. The SITES rating system evaluates the sustainable performance of landscapes and the TRUE Zero Waste rating system enables facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals.