News Release

Published on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The conversation on environmental initiatives, “green” programs or “sustainable” building design continues to circulate around western Wisconsin. According to the UW Extension website, there are over 500 commercial buildings in Wisconsin that are certified and registered as meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, but only 16 of them are in the Coulee Region.

To help facilitate the conversation, Western Technical College is offering a seminar that will bring owners, architects, operators, engineers, and other interested parties together to discuss these high performing building practices. “An Overview of LEED” will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Western’s Lunda Center, 317 7th St. N., La Crosse.

During the event, Mick Schwedler, PE, LEED® AP BD+C, manager of Applications Engineering at Trane, will provide an overview of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program, including methods that achieve credits in the Water Efficiency, Atmosphere & Energy, and Indoor Environmental Quality sections of LEED.

Cost to attend the event is $20 and includes lunch. To register, contact Western’s Business and Industry Services at 608.785.9225 by August 14.

For a list of the LEED buildings in Wisconsin, visit