Organization’s Social Mission
Our mission is to deliver a business education that integrates application and theory to prepare graduates for successful careers.
Founded in 1922, Walsh College offers upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs at locations in Troy, Novi, Harper Woods, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
Walsh College is the area’s only all-business college offering classes in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, Harper Woods, and Port Huron. Walsh was recognized as a leader in building “green” by the Troy Chamber of Commerce “Best of Troy” Committee. The Jeffery W. Barry Center addition conserves energy, saves water through sustainable landscaping, protects our wetlands, and uses recycled content in virtually all the building materials. At least ten percent of the materials used will be recycled as well. All of this is conveyed through a striking design that alerts visitors to the unique mission of the building: sustainable design that supports a business curriculum and welcomes the community to partake of the Walsh experience. Walsh seeks to prepare future business leaders to understand the value of sustainable design and to carry the benefits of green design and construction forward.
- Controlled erosion and sedimentation to reduce negative impacts on the local watershed.
- Alternative transportation – provide preferred parking for hybrid or electric vehicles capable of serving 5% of the building occupants.
- Reduced site disturbance – exceed local zoning open space requirements by 25%.
- Managed storm water – no net increase in the rate or quantity of storm water runoff from existing to developed conditions.
- Landscape and exterior design to reduce heat islands – use energy star compliant high-reflectance and high emissive roofing for the entire roof surface.
- Reduced light pollution – eliminated “light trespass” from building to site, improved the nocturnal environment and access to the night sky.
- Water-efficient landscaping in the form of naturalized and indigenous plantings eliminate the need for permanent irrigation.
- Bio swales and rain gardens green the areas between rows in the parking lot. Automotive pollution (i.e., oil and gasoline spills) is collected on the pavement and directed into the bio swales. The bio swales then naturally filter these and other pollutants like silt, sediments, nutrients, metals, synthetic and organic toxins, and bacteria from the storm water, preventing it from draining into nearby lakes and rivers.
- A wetland garden includes a pond and plants native to the area.
Energy and Atmosphere
- CFC elimination in HVAC equipment to reduce ozone depletion by complying with the Montreal Protocol.
- Optimized energy performance – by 20%.
- Building insulated with twice the standard level of insulation.
- Heating and cooling systems are tied to occupancy sensors in order to eliminate wasted energy.
- Daylight harvesting technology employed in the Information Commons.
- Lights controlled throughout the building with occupancy sensors to reduce wasted electricity.
Materials and Resources
- Containers are available in the Barry Center and the dining room for the collection of glass, plastic, cans, paper and cardboard for recycling – to facilitate reduction of waste generated by building occupants that is hauled to and disposed of in landfills.
- Construction waste management diverted more than 75% construction, demolition and land clearing debris from landfill disposal.
- At least 10% of materials used are recycled. Virtually all the materials used have at least some recycled content; i.e., terrazzo floor contains 20,000 pounds of recycled glass, 4.2% of the currently purchased office supplies are recycled products.
- Walsh College recycles paper, batteries, electronic equipment and toner cartridges. We also have converted to environmentally friendly cleaning products.
- Walsh uses recyclable and/or biodegradable products where possible in the food service operation and the office coffee stations.
- Wood from sustainably-managed forests.
- Cradle-to-Cradle Products used where available: Materials are formulated to allow them to be re-used for the same purpose rather than “down cycled” as is the case with most recycling.
- At least 10% of construction materials were extracted, processed and manufactured locally.
Indoor Environmental Quality
- Minimum IAQ performance – established minimum indoor air quality performance.
- Environmental tobacco smoke elimination – prevent exposure of occupants and systems to tobacco smoke.
- Carbon dioxide monitoring – installed monitoring which automatically adjusts the rate of supply air.
- Construction IAQ management plan – during construction and before occupancy.
- Low-emitting materials were used in adhesives, sealants, paints, carpet and composite wood.
- Indoor chemical and pollutant source control to avoid exposure of building occupants to potentially hazardous chemicals.
- High control of thermal, ventilation and lighting in perimeter and non-perimeter spaces.