Seaside, CA (PRWEB) November 04, 2011
Monterey College of Law was awarded the 2011 Public Private Partnership “Green” Award by the Monterey County Business Council at the 8th Annual Monterey Bay Regional Economic Forum held Friday, October 28, 2011. The law school was recognized for its LEED Platinum Community Justice Center. California State University Monterey Bay was also honored at the program for its innovative 6.4 acre solar power generation facility.
This is the second prestigious award for the law school’s “green building”. Competing against projects from all across California, the project was also awarded the 2011 Constructor Award from the Associated General Contractors of California. This statewide award recognized the law school’s general contractor, Ausonio, Inc., for “Innovation in Construction Materials and Techniques”.
The Business Council award is the second time in recent years that Monterey College of Law has been recognized for its public-private partnership initiatives. The law school’s Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Resolution received the Business Council’s 2009 Public Private Partnership Award for its innovative community mediation programs that were developed in partnership with the Monterey County Superior Court.
Receiving the award on behalf of the law school, President and Dean Mitchel Winick said, “We are really pleased with the recognition that this project is receiving because it represents a number of important ‘firsts’. Our project is the first public to private conversion of a former military facility to achieve LEED Platinum certification under the stringent U.S. Green Building Council standards.” The LEED Platinum certification represents the highest standard for environmental engineering and design.
“We are also proud to be the first law school in the country to achieve LEED Platinum for an instructional facility,” said Winick. “It goes to show that even a small local institution can serve as a national role model if it has a clear vision, sets high standards, and has a hard-working team.”
“We take our role as a community-focused law school very seriously”, said Winick. "Pursuing effective public-private partnerships is part of our larger commitment to the region. We are fortunate to live, study, and work in one of the most beautiful and ecologically unique areas of the country,” noted Winick. “Therefore, we teach about environmental rights and responsibilities in the law school classroom and through our facility design and maintenance policies we provide a tangible example of sustainability and stewardship of our precious environmental resources.”
It is an honor for our efforts to be recognized by the Business Council,” said Winick. “We hope that the recognition of our public-private initiatives inspire other organizations to seek out partnerships that benefit the community.”
“I also congratulate CSUMB for their recognition,” said Winick. “The fact that both ‘Green’ awards went to institutions of higher education located on the former Fort Ord represents continued progress in the conversion of the former Army base to a regional educational center.”