Central College is home to many LEED certified buildings:
McKee Hall is the first building so far at Central to receive a Gold LEED award. It has low flow faucets, showerheads, and dual flush toilets. The kitchenette counters are made from recycled paper and magazines and the living room table top is made from recycled currency. When it was built, 1/5 of the materials were locally manufactured. Rapidly renewable materials were used when possible including bamboo baseboards in the computer lab and hallways, lounge furnishings made from rubber wood, and corkboard in the rooms. This facility can also track energy and water use, overall and for individual suites.
Weller was the first in Central's steps toward green building. Natural light is used as much as possible, solar panels were installed on the roof above the entrance, carpet made of recycled carpet can be found every room, and a wildflower bed with more than 20 different native wildflower species with a nearly continuous bloom from April to November can be seen in front of the building.
Roe Center is Central's leading sustainable building. The living roof, rooftop solar panels, recycled countertops, dual flush toilets with their water coming from rainwater runoff, energy efficient hand driers, and 90 percent natural lighting all come together to give the Roe Center its Platinum LEED rating. Be sure to stop by and see if you can find all 21 frogs.
Carlson-Kuyper Field Station contains Marion County's first wetland septic system. The facility also contains solar panels that generate more than enough power for the building. Solar orientation, fenestration, and natural shading were all taken into consideration when the classroom was built.
Vermeer Science Center is the first LEED rated facility in the state of Iowa, achieving a Silver award. Recycled carpets can be found in many of the rooms and just past the front doors VSC offers a touch panel display that gives users a chance to view information on the center's solar powered fountain as well as its other sustainable features and building map.