CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE
2010 – 2011
- Water well project was completed first quarter 2011
- Sponsored a guest speaker, Lisa Meline from Meline Engineering, to speak on Geo-thermal heating & cooling systems at the CSC speaker series December 3, 2010.
- Approval has been received to improve the garden behind the Biology Building. Budget monies have been made available & Frank Hernandez, former Senior Dean, has agreed to manage the project.
- The energy contest began July, 2010 & finished December, 2010. CCC was able to reduce 1.9% from the prior year. The school finished in third place behind DVC & LMC & it was felt that the mild summer & CCC’s new air conditioner in the Biology Building may have hurt our chances to do better.
- 50 Light Motion sensors were installed throughout the campus, mostly in classrooms & conference rooms. The money to purchase the sensors was received from the District Sustainability Committee.
- Chef Nader indicated that they eliminated the use of styro-foam in the Three Seasons Restaurant.
- A section of grass landscape was replaced on the island at Mission Bell Drive & replaced with 15’ tall Redwood Trees. This should reduce the cost of water, fertilizer & maintenance. This was funded by the District Sustainability Committee.
- The school received 50 trees donated by EBMUD. These were planted primarily along the fence line with the apartments on Mission Bell Drive.
- The City of San Pablo will be donating 21 LED parking lot lights. The value of these lights is approximately $25,500. It will reduce energy & maintenance cost for the school.
- Middle College students began collecting recycled cans & plastics throughout the campus to earn extra money for school projects.
- Both the Culinary Academy & Building & Grounds have applied for Green Certification. The Building & Grounds Department has already been inspected by EBMUD, Contra Costa County, West County Wastewater District & PG&E.
- The school received a grant from RecycleMore for $10,000. The money was used to purchase a used wood chipper to turn tree branches into mulch, a mulch stand-behind power mower & repairs to existing equipment.
- The school partners with the Urban Creek Council to beautify Rheem Creek, which runs through the campus.
- Plans to enter the Shell Eco Marathon Race were halted due to a lack of budget & sponsors.
- The school received 100 LED Exit Signs free from PG&E. These will be installed over a period of time throughout the school.
- The school will be receiving 150 energy efficient power strips from PG&E also.
- PG&E performed two energy audits. One for the Three Seasons Kitchen & the other for the HVAC systems in the AA, PS & PAC Buildings.
- The campus replaced two standalone HVAC units, one for the GA Building & one for the AT Building. The newer models are energy savers & will also improve temperature control the two buildings.
- The school is signed up to use the Integrated Resource Recovery Facility at 101 Pittsburg Ave in Richmond for hazardous waste disposal (paints & etc.) These can be dropped off for free.
- Middle College & Automotive sponsored an Earth Day celebration April 14th. The celebration included over twenty entries in a car show, a DJ for music, over twenty organizations sponsoring tables publicizing environmental themes, a science table sponsored by Joe Ledbetter, Three Seasons sold food & there was even a rock climbing wall. The event was viewed as quite successful with much involvement from the student population.
- The committee will be sponsoring Bike-To-Work Day May 12th.
- Several pages describing Sustainability achievements for the campus have been developed for the school’s Web page.