LEED Platinum Goes To Texas Junior College

The only sustainable agriculture program in the state of Texas deserves a unique home, and the the Elizabeth Hoggatt Whatley Agriculture Complex at Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC)–as the only net zero, LEED certified agricultural facility anywhere in the country–certainly fits the bill.

The complex was designed by VLK Architects to complement the sustainable agriculture program at NTCC and to serve as a teaching tool to both students and the community at large concerning the benefits of sustainable technologies. It has been in operation since September of 2010.

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image via VLK Architects

The complex houses a classroom building and outdoor pavilion and includes such green features as a rainwater harvest catchment basin, energy efficient pumps, a lighting control system, a wind turbine, and a photovoltaic solar array. In the lobby of the building, an energy management dashboard display offers visitors a look at the energy being produced by both the solar array and wind turbine in contrast to the energy being consumed.

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image via VLK Architects

The facility recently garnered LEED Platinum for its eco-friendly features and green design.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.