|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Aug. 2, 2011|
Richland College - DCCCD
IN-1: Innovation 1
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Director, Institutional Effectiveness & Sustainability
Planning and Research for Institutional Effectiveness
A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :
Richland used what would have been waste material in the construction of its new 115,000 square feet LEED Certified Platinum science building designed by Perkins + Will. Fly ash is a fine, glass-like powder recovered from gases created by coal-fired electric power generation. U.S. power plants produce millions of tons of fly ash annually, which is usually dumped in landfills. Fly ash is an inexpensive replacement for portland cement used in concrete, while it actually improves strength, segregation, and ease of pumping of the concrete. Richland’s new science building is constructed using 50% recycled fly ash additive in concrete foundation floors and 40% recycled fly ash additive in support columns to minimize concrete content. The percentage of fly ash used in the construction of this building is considered innovative by the USGBC and LEED designers.
A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
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