SECAUCUS, N.J. — The Hudson County Schools of Technology’s Frank J. Gargiulo Campus has been awarded a gold level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. The campus, located at Laurel Hill Park, includes a hydroponics lab, a green roof and LED lighting throughout the building. Achieving the prestigious rating was made possible through HCST’s partnership with Hudson County and the Hudson County Improvement Authority.
“The Frank J. Gargiulo Campus is giving students of all ages the opportunity to succeed because of the collective investments made in building a sustainable and state of the art facility,” said Acting Superintendent Amy Lin-Rodriguez. “The spaces within our campus naturally yield to creativity and learning for our students. This is an outstanding achievement for our district, Hudson County and the Hudson County Improvement Authority.”
“We are proud to have the highest certified rating of any High School project in New Jersey and one of the highest in the country,” said Director of Planning Dr. Joseph Sirangelo.
According to a USGBC survey, employees who work in LEED-certified green buildings are happier, healthier and more productive than employees in conventional and non-LEED buildings. Eighty five percent of employees in LEED-certified buildings say their access to quality outdoor views and natural sunlight boosts their overall productivity and happiness. Eighty percent say the enhanced air quality improves their physical health and comfort.
“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, The Frank J. Gargiulo campus demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of Gold.”
The Frank J. Gargiulo campus achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
“Building the Frank J. Gargiulo Campus in partnership with Hudson County and the Hudson County Improvement Authority has proven to be an incredible investment for students, both young and old,” said HCST School Board President Craig Guy. “I look forward to celebrating more accomplishments with the district and students for years to come.”