News Release

Published on Monday, November 07, 2011

Western Technical College’s Kumm Center addition recently became the second new building/addition on the La Crosse campus to achieve certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

The addition houses the Cavalier Campus Shop bookstore, Student Life offices, and Student Government meeting space. Completed in August 2010, the new area is now officially recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as meeting the silver-level standards in environmental design and sustainability.

“This space 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.”

Some of the LEED features include: 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.

The second phase of the Kumm Center remodel, the Student Union and Union Market food court, is currently being evaluated for LEED Silver status.

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