Fourteen students from Clarkson University have been developing new research and analysis on the New York Olympic Region’s (NYOR) sustainability efforts. The work is intended to assist the area as it pursues LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for Communities program. As part of the area’s efforts to achieve certification, students have been working with the Village of Lake Placid, the Lake Placid Central Schools, The NY Olympic Regional Development Authority, and the Town of North Elba. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the world’s most widely used green building program.
LEED for Communities uses metrics and data integrated with sustainability goals from each community. The program serves as a framework for measuring and managing performance and is intended to revolutionize how communities are planned, developed and operated to improve quality of life. The program is still in its pilot stage. The NYOR region is working to become the first certified LEED for Communities project in a rural, tourist and Olympics-based economy, with strong environmental policies from the Adirondack Park, and combining four unique jurisdictions into a single partnership entity. As part of its submission, NYOR is working to demonstrate outcomes and progress across 14 key metrics including energy, waste, water, transportation, education, health safety, prosperity, and equitability
Students will present an overview of the program, the initial core metrics from the LEED for Communities rating system, the region’s specific goals, and analysis of implementation designed to inform the USGBC program for the future. The students are participating as part of an off-campus program called The Adirondack Semester based at Clarkson's partner Paul Smith’s College near Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks. It focuses on experiential learning and research with various Adirondack themes, with a unique real-world integrated research project (IRP) problem each semester. It is administered by Clarkson’s Institute for the Sustainable Environment. The presentations will be on Monday, Dec. 10 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Olympic Conference Center in Lake Placid, NY. And on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Moore House at Clarkson University.
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