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09/09/2011
Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART Facility Receives Platinum LEED Certification

CONTACT: Dennis J. Kennedy (518) 629-8085, d.kennedy1@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Sept. 9, 2011

Hudson Valley Community College's state-of-the-art Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) in Malta was recently awarded Platinum-certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Hudson Valley President Andrew Matonak will announce this honor at TEC-SMART's Community Day on Saturday, September 10.

Platinum is the highest certification awarded by the LEED program, and recognizes that the facility meets the standards for the lowest operating costs, greatest reduction in waste sent to landfills and in harmful greenhouse gas emissions, exceptional conservation of energy and water, and the highest indoor air quality. Much of the material used in its construction is locally-sourced and/or recycled from other building projects, and it relies heavily on natural lighting. A joint project of Hudson Valley and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), TEC-SMART was designed by the New York City-based architecture firm of Perkins+Will and constructed by LeChase Construction.

Opened in January 2010 in NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®),TEC-SMART features more than a dozen classrooms and laboratories used to train the workforce in semiconductor manufacturing and green technologies, including alternative fuels and the installation and maintenance of photovoltaic, geothermal and wind energy systems. Graduates of these programs at Hudson Valley will be qualified to apply for entry-level employment at major employers such as GlobalFoundries, General Electric, SunPower Inc. and Alteris Renewables.

"We recognize that it is only fitting that a facility that focuses on sustainable energies should boast the highest LEED certification. That has been our goal with TEC-SMART from the beginning and we are indeed proud to have attained it," said Andrew Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College.

LEED is an internationally-recognized certification system that provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED measures and recognizes performance in key areas, such as sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selections, and indoor environmental quality. Participation and earning certification in LEED has both environmental and financial benefits. LEED-certified buildings are designed to reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Hudson Valley is one of only seven community colleges in the nation, the first community college in New York State, and one of only four colleges altogether in NYS to achieve Platinum certification in LEED, joining the ranks of Rochester Institute of Technology, Ithaca College and Cooper Union.

"NYSERDA commends TEC-SMART on its Platinum LEED certification. Once again, TEC-SMART is leading by example with this certification as it teaches the next generation about clean energy and energy efficiency," said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.