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Colby may be the first college where all of the leaders of the project management team responsible for capital construction are professionally accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.
The LEED green building rating system is the national benchmark for sustainable construction, and certification as a LEED-accredited professional requires field experience and passing a national examination. Recently Colby’s Director of Physical Plant Patricia Crandlemire Murphy, Associate Director Gordon E. Cheesman, Environmental Program Manager Dale M. Deblois, Special Projects Supervisor/Architect Joseph A. Feely, and Assistant Director for Operations and Maintenance Paul E. “Gus” Libby passed the exam and received accreditation.
Colby’s first LEED certified building is the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, which opened in 2005 and earned silver LEED certification (for enhancements beyond basic LEED certification) this year. The Diamond Building, an academic building for social sciences and interdisciplinary studies slated to open in February, also is built to LEED specifications.
Murphy said the goal of having her leadership team LEED certified is to bring the same standards for environmental responsibility to all projects, large and small, at Colby. “It’s one of the college’s goals to build sustainable buildings and we need to be looking at renovations and other projects in a green way,” she said. “I want everyone to be focused on key sustainability issues.”