The cornerstone of Lakeland's energy vision is based on the guiding principles of the European Union's "Trias Energetica" along with the State of California's "Energy Loading Order." Simply, Lakeland's vision embraces these guiding principles:
Built in the 1970s, Lakeland's buildings were added and built separately as the college grew to fulfill community needs. Building codes were different back then, and the "green" movement was unfamiliar to most people. As a result, there was no easy way to manage the energy used among Lakeland's buildings on the Kirtland campus.
From a "leading edge" standpoint, in 2006 Lakeland compared its energy performance against comparable institutions in Europe with similar climates to evaluate and understand those best practice energy performance benchmarks. Using that benchmark data, the College developed a comprehensive energy master plan, and in 2008, the College sought the help of global experts in energy management, SIEMENS, to implement a number of facility improvements. That performance contract reduced the College's energy consumption by 40 percent. Moreover, Lakeland expects to continue reducing its energy consumption by an additional 10 percent by 2014.
Lakeland is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the college also now boasts one of the few "green" roofs in Lake County, which contains short grasses and water filter system that helps to regulate building temperature.
Demonstrating good stewardship to the environment is just one more way in which Lakeland educates its students and community about the difference conserving energy can make.