Environmental Education Center
Dedicated in memory of Nancy Coccodrilli Angeli, the late wife of President Emeritus Raymond S. Angeli, the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center rests on 211-acres of property in Covington Township and is Gold LEED-certified. The building provides a venue with seating for up to 100 people, and hosts progressive programs for the public, the College, and K-12 educators and students.
The 5,000 square-foot facility uses an Integrated Design Process, developed by hemmler + camayd architects in Scranton, Pa. Specific design features include a wind turbine, a geothermal HVAC system, and a low energy design plan. These features reduce greenhouse emissions and help offset the maintenance and operating costs of the facility.
The space also includes an interactive software monitoring system that provides live analysis of building data for water usage, solar and wind energy generated, reclaimed gray water usage, and CO2 emissions saved.
The $2 million dollar project was partially funded by DCNR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Environmental Stewardship Fund; PA Department of Education; and US Department of Education.
The Environmental Education Center received its LEED Gold certification for its use of a wide range of recycled materials and alternative energy sources including:
- Wind turbine
- Solar photovoltaic array
- Geothermal heating and cooling system built using eight 400 foot deep wells
- Exterior down lighting to reduce sky-glow and light pollution off of site
- Pervious driveway and parking areas
- Bio-swales to collect storm water run-off
- Site restoration after construction including native grasses and plants
- Recycled materials including steel siding, roofing, aluminum window frames, and more used in construction
- Reclaimed wood floors, baseboard, and reception desk
- Lighting controlled by occupancy and daylight sensors
- High efficiency, long-lasting LED ceiling lights
- Low Volatile Organic Compounds paint
- High performance windows that reduce solar heat gain
- Low flow sink faucets and toilets
- Reclaimed grey water from marsh machine used for toilet and urinal flush water
Park Ranger program
Lackawanna College offers a unique training opportunity for students who wish to pursue careers in the federal, state, county, and municipal park systems.
The one-year certificate program includes nearly six months of training through the Lackawanna College Police Academy, a 785.5-hour regiment certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission in Harrisburg, Pa. Academy courses operate based on the full-time schedule.
The Police Academy curriculum will be followed by a 16-week, 15-credit semester at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. These natural resource police training courses are designed to prepare students for entry level Natural Resource Ranger and Interpreter positions in federal, state, county, and municipal park systems.