Our Green Campus

Solar panels and other alternative energy on campus

Lyndon P. Lorusso Applied Technology Building

First state-owned building in Massachusetts to receive Leadership in Environmental Engineering Design (LEEDS) certificate

The Lorusso Applied Tech building was completed in 2006, and contains six computer lab classrooms, an open lab, a GIS lab, nine offices, two meeting rooms, and the College's administrative IT department, including repair rooms. This green building was built with alternative energy sources such as solar panels, recycled materials, designed for water conservation, and low-impact environmentally appropriate landscaping, among many characteristics to gain this unique certification.

Highly efficient energy use and the use of renewable sources where possible are key elements in the concept. Conserving water and electricity, choosing low-toxicity construction materials for the building itself, and making the indoor air quality a key consideration in designing and furnishing the facility are the general guidelines under which a building is certified.

See: Gold LEED Certification Brochure

Solar Field

Operation of the 580kW ground mounted solar panels began in November of 2012. It is estimated that these panels could produce 20% of Cape Cod Community College's electricity needs.

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Solar Carport

The 64kW PV carport consists of 264 solar panels, and provides shaded parking for 24 vehicles.

Research Collaboration

OPFLEX Eelgrass replicates natural eelgrass to support a healthy coastal ecosystem. The College's Environmental Technology has entered a research collaboration with OPFLEX Technology to focus on demonstrating this emerging technology's efficacy to fingerprint, monitor, and help reduce pollution of Cape Cod's waters.

See: Collaboration press release