Certification Goes Green

It’s the picture of modern simplicity: Neat rows of trim workstations run lengthwise across the room. Each compact booth, sectioned off from the next with adjustable grey partitions, is equipped with a small-form factor computer, flat screen monitor, plush headset and rolling desk chair. There is no clutter, no extraneous furniture. The walls and carpet, both taupe, are smooth and sleek.

Apart from the ficus in the waiting room, this particular academic testing center might not look or feel very “green.” But it certainly operates that way.

Opened in Baltimore in March 2007 by Prometric, a testing and assessment services provider, the complex is the company’s first environmentally friendly testing facility. Hailed as the “test center of the future,” its calculated design and power-efficient IT devices save Prometric an estimated 40 percent on energy bills.

“We’ve been committed to making these changes,” said Alison Indrisano, COO of Prometric. “Building our model center in Baltimore was a great first start because we could see the impact of the changes.”

The test center also features a flexible design that allows for more workstations to be added quickly and at a minimal cost, and Prometric is contemplating a furniture buy-back program to expand recycling. Additionally, staff members now are required to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation.

The idea for the center, which took six months to develop and spans 3,000 square feet, came from Prometric’s involvement with the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization committed to championing sustainable…



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