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SUSTAINABILITY ACCOMPLISHMENTS
2010 – 2011

  1. Water well project was completed first quarter 2011
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Chef Nader indicated that they eliminated the use of styro-foam in the Three Seasons Restaurant.
  7. 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.
  8. The school received 50 trees donated by EBMUD.  These were planted primarily along the fence line with the apartments on Mission Bell Drive.
  9. 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.
  10. Middle College students began collecting recycled cans & plastics throughout the campus to earn extra money for school projects.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The school partners with the Urban Creek Council to beautify Rheem Creek, which runs through the campus.
  14. Plans to enter the Shell Eco Marathon Race were halted due to a lack of budget & sponsors.
  15. The school received 100 LED Exit Signs free from PG&E.  These will be installed over a period of time throughout the school.
  16. The school will be receiving 150 energy efficient power strips from PG&E also.
  17. PG&E performed two energy audits.  One for the Three Seasons Kitchen & the other for the HVAC systems in the AA, PS & PAC Buildings.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. The committee will be sponsoring Bike-To-Work Day May 12th.
  22. Several pages describing Sustainability achievements for the campus have been developed for the school’s Web page.

 

 
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