Sierra Nevada College ...Creating a Sustainable Future
Sierra Nevada College's core themes emphasize the following characteristics:
Tahoe Center for Environmental Science
The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TCES) is a distinctive partnership between public and private institutions of higher education in two states. It provides a world-class center for scientific research in the understanding of alpine lakes and the preservation of the environmental quality of such important resources.
As a member of the Advanced Building Systems Integration Consortium (ABSIC), Sierra Nevada College worked closely with Carnegie Mellon and other partners in the design of the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences. In early 2005, the Trustees of the college decided to work to achieve a Platinum certification for the building from the U.S. Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org). The rating and certification system established by the Council is known as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and the “green” construction standards are the first independent national standards of their kind. Ratings range from Certified, to Silver, Gold and Platinum. To date, only about 1,000 building worldwide have achieved the Platinum status. Recognizing the significance of having the Tahoe Center for Environmental Science become a Platinum building, a major donor stepped forward and agreed to fund a portion of the additional steps required for Platinum Certification. The TCES facility is nationally recognized as a high-performance structure, demonstrating building technology, design and construction of the future.