Located in the beautiful Willamette Valley, Linn-Benton Community College’s main campus is in Albany and is surrounded by wineries, parks, and rivers and only 10 miles from Oregon State University in Corvallis.  In addition to our Albany campus, we have centers that offer many class options in Corvallis, Lebanon and Sweet Home. It’s an easy drive from Albany to ski slopes in the Cascades, including Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Mt. Hood outside of Portland, and Willamette Pass outside of Eugene. Ocean beaches are approximately one hour away with the bustling bay fronts of Newport and Lincoln City. Some of the countries best rock-climbing, white water rafting, hiking and fishing areas can be found in the high dessert of Central Oregon, or explore Crater Lake National Park, home of the deepest natural lake in the United States. If you prefer city life, you will find lots of shopping, nightlife and big-city entertainment in the nearby metro areas of Salem, Eugene and Portland.

The population of Oregon is 3,823,500. The population of Albany is 42,100 and the population in Corvallis is 55,125. Oregon was named the fourth Greenest State in America, with one of the highest recycling rates in the country, according to the web site Greenopia.com. Forbes magazine places Oregon at number two. Oregon was also cited for having a large number of green businesses relative to its population. There are about 600 green businesses in Oregon, according to Greenopia.

LBCC is playing its part in the green and sustainable world with construction of its first green science building, Madrone Hall. The state-of-the-art building has solar photo voltaic cells built in to the south-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows, high-tech walls and doors designed to reflect light and create energy, and mechanical and electrical systems designed to function at peak efficiency. The building will use approximately 19 percent less energy than current requirements established by the Oregon Energy Code. Madrone Hall earned silver certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the U.S. Green Building Council.  Looking to the future, the college also added three electric car-charging stations for campus and student use, and has a recycling program in place to help reduce waste.

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