Sustainability at LCCC


At Lorain County Community College, we we are committed to making responsible choices about energy, our environment, and student and community well-being. We recognize and encourage the protection of trees, natural plant material and wetlands on our properties. We also consider our impact on the environment as a part of our master plan and in the construction of our buildings – every new new campus building since 2006 has earned a LEED® certification. We also encourage our students, staff and visitors to practice environmentally-friendly habits like recycling and bicycling. 


Sustainable Buildings

Many of our campus buildings have earned a silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The silver rating means the buildings meet the required points to be officially LEED® certified in six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design process.

These include the Mike and Barbara Bass Library/Community Resource Center, the Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center, the Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center, the Lab Sciences building and the Ben and Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center.


Campus Gardens

LCCC’s campus is home to several gardens crafted and maintained by volunteers, Service Learning students, staff and the faculty of our sustainable agriculture program with support from Physical Plant Services. LCCC’s Campus Master Plan “A Campus in a Garden,” approved by LCCC’s District Board of Trustees in 2009, envisions a campus where lawn spaces are transformed into flowering gardens, rich in biodiversity. Our gardens include dozens of plant species designed to attract hummingbirds, butterflies and many native pollinators. 


Sustainable Agriculture Programs at LCCC

At LCCC, students can learn about the sustainable agriculture movement, gain hands-on experience with proven techniques, inspire creative thinking about the future of the industry, and graduate ready to join the agricultural workforce. Our programs include a short-term certificate, a one-year certificate,and an Associate of Applied Science degree. Of course, you may choose to further your education beyond LCCC through our University Partnership or transfer programs. Learn more about LCCC’s sustainable agriculture programs. 



Recycling bins are conveniently located throughout LCCC’s campus, making it convenient for our students, staff and campus visitors to properly dispose of recyclable material. These bins are appropriate for the disposal of paper, class work, cardboard, glass, plastic (#1-7) and metal (aluminum, steel, and bimetal food and beverage containers). 


Biking on Campus

LCCC encourages students to bicycle to class whenever possible by providing bike racks near most LCCC buildings including Physical Education, College Center, Bass Library, Stocker Arts Center, University Center, Business, Physical Science and the Campana Center. Racks are also located at all LCCC Learning Centers