Published on December 11th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart0
Long Beach City College Snaps Clean Energy Award
December 11th, 2017 by Nicolas Zart
Long Beach City College (LBCC) just received the Community College Energy Award at the Green California Summit, and that is good news considering the political assault on cleaner energy and our health.
When a city college or university receives an award for the green program, it is a reminder that good things are happening on multiple levels. The LBCC award is in response to a project that increases campus energy efficiency, according to an LBCC press release.
Taking full advantage of the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39), the college created the HVAC Zone and Fan Static Pressure Reset project, which was completed in 2016. The project upgraded the efficiency of its Central Plant Cooling Systems at both the Liberal Arts Campus and Pacific Coast Campus. And the results are paying off. Essentially, this led to the reduction of 713,000 kWh and $90,000 of savings per year.
As far as other sustainable accomplishments, LBCC installed a large solar panel array above the parking structure at the Liberal Arts Campus. Another project we’re happy to hear about is the construction of new buildings that will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The city of Long Beach has been converting its streetlights to LED and LBCC has done the same.
Amongst other projects are the increased use of recycled water and drought-tolerant plants. This is something of great importance in Southern California, as our water drain on the Colorado River is high and our water reserves are still very low. One of my favorite projects, and also a first in Southern California for community colleges, was the installation of portable solar generators.
The Green California Summit is organized by Green Technology, a nonprofit initiative designed to promote innovative environmental solutions and technologies among private industry, government, and education.
The Green California Leadership Awards were established to recognize environmental achievements by California government entities, and LBCC deserves every bit of this award.
As we can depend less and less on representatives to fight for our environment and public health, we welcome public schools leading the way to sustainability and improving our environmental state.