EDISON, NJ - Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios, along with State Senator Samuel D. Thompson and members of the Middlesex County College Board of Trustees and Administration, celebrated the recognition of two of the college’s buildings as having incorporated the highest standards for environmental friendliness into their construction.              

South Hall and West Hall earned gold LEED status from the United States Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized mark of excellence that provides building owners with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

The LEED report on the projects looked at seven areas: sustainability sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, regional priority, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation. Middlesex County College is the only community college in New Jersey with two LEED Gold buildings.

"This speaks volumes of the college’s commitment to keep our county clean and green. It also falls right in line with Middlesex County’s many environmentally friendly programs and services, including our best-in-state recycling programs, our two massive solar panel farms, our county fleet of hybrid vehicles and our extremely successful Open Space Preservation program, which now includes over 8,000 acres of pristine lands saved forever from commercial development," said Rios.