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Green Technology at De Anza College

The Kirsch Center on this Cupertino campus is the lead demonstration building for energy innovation and sustainability of the California Community Colleges. It is the first community college Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) platinum-rated building in the nation, said the Kirsch Center’s Executive Director Pat Cornely.

The Kirsch Center was opened in 2005 and was the culmination of a 17-year effort. The center was conceived and is operated by De Anza faculty, staff and students, with the philosophy that this facility is "a building that teaches about energy, resources and stewardship."

“Teamwork led to that (platinum) rating,” Cornely said. “Contractually we were shooting for silver but always wanted platinum. And that was a cost issue. But we can chalk the platinum rating up to the rigors of good planning and the designers, builders and architects donating their time and stepping up to help us reach that lofty goal.”

De Anza has an environmental studies department that integrates physical, biological, human, socioeconomic and political principles.

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