News Release

Published on Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Western Technical College’s Lunda Center has become one of four business buildings in La Crosse to achieve certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The Lunda Center, which opened in 2009, is now officially recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as meeting the silver-level standards in environmental design and sustainability.

“This building benefited from an integrated design process that emphasized sustainability in planning, construction, and operations, and we are very pleased to be recognized with LEED silver certification,” said Mike Pieper, vice president of finance and operations. “Western’s green building and renovation program is one part of the college’s broader commitment to sustainability.”

The Lunda Center provides meeting space for corporate and community training, as well as office space for staff and the college’s Business and Industry Services.
Some of the LEED features include: rain gardens and native landscaping within the courtyard; tinted windows; energy efficient lighting and controls; energy efficient HVAC systems and controls; materials and products that are durable, non-toxic, high in recycled content and easily recycled; and superior indoor air quality.

All new Western building and renovation projects will incorporate sustainability initiatives, including efficient energy and water management measures, locally sourced materials, natural landscaping, storm water management systems and enhanced indoor air quality.

For more information about LEED certification, visit the U.S. Green Building Council website at To learn about other Western Technical College sustainability efforts visit