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Sustainability Efforts in Facilities Planning and Management

Sustainability at Butte College  

Butte College is committed to improving its energy efficiency:A view of the campus.
• Variable air volume and variable frequency drives
• Modulated multi-zone HVAC units
• HVAC and lighting occupancy sensors in classrooms and offices
• Vending misers
• Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx)
• Low flow valves
• Waterless urinals
• Lighting replacement
• Water and lavatory sensors

Photovoltaic Solar Projects:

Gymnasium lobby kiosk that display solar site production information.

• Phase I - 1.06 MW DC

• Phase II - 858 kW DC
• Over 10,000 PV Panels
• Total of 5 arrays that power 7 meters which energize - 27 buildings, 4 greenhouses and 1 water reclamation plant
• We've placed in the gymnasium lobby a kiosk that displays site production information on the large monitor and has an interactive touch screen display that teaches the user about many aspects of solar PV energy production.

• Phase III -The goal is to be Grid Positive by 2012.

Energy Conservation:
• Decreased electrical consumption (kWH/yr) by 20%
• Decreased electrical costs ($/kWH) by 30%
• Working towards grid positive by 2012 with on-going efforts in generation & conservation
• 43-46% of campus electric needs are supplied by solar power
• By January 2010, 50% of the campus will be solar powered

Ecological Design Construction:
• Since 2002, Butte College has exceeded Title 24 building standards by 15%
• The Arts and Student and Administrative Services buildings will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifi ed targeting gold by the U.S. Green Building Council
• Ecological Design incorporates standard sustainable features that maximize
energy efficiency, natural and recycled materials, siting, daylighting, and views

A view of the campus.
Existing Building Retrofit Projects:

• The college is continuously working on energy conservation projects throughout all campus facilities including lighting occupancy retrofits and upgrading HVAC units. This work is being done in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric through the California Community Colleges/Investor-Owned Utility Partnership Project.
• The college continues to explore new technology including solar to power hydrogen generators, solar thermal energy, fuel cells, and hydrogen to fuel high time electrical needs.

California Community Colleges Board of Governors 2008 Energy and Sustainability Policy Goals:

• Reduce energy use by 15% by 2011/12 using 2001/02 as a baseline √ Achieved 2007
• Exceed Title 24 Energy Standards by 15% for new construction √ Achieved 2002
• Exceed Title 24 Energy Standards by 10% for renovations √ Achieved 2002
• Increase self generation by 50% by 2014 √ Achieved 2009
• Procure 20% of electricity from renewable sources by 2010 √ Achieved 2005
• Procure 40% of electricity from renewable sources by 2014 √ Achieved 2009
• Designate an energy manager for each campus - Enlisting faculty, staff and student support
• Develop energy plans √ Completed in 2006 with ongoing updates
• LEED certify or equivalent all new construction √ Achieved 2002
• Capital Outlay support increases in funding of 2% for new construction and 3% for renovations
√ Application submitted July 2009

Ecological Footprint Assessment:

• 43-44% of the college's electric needs are supplied by 5 solar arrays
• To date the college has installed 1.8 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaics (PV)
• In 2006 the college completed a full Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory
• In 2007-2008 the college completed a full energy assessment establishing baselines from 2001
• Our goal is to be grid positive by 2012 and carbon neutral by 2015
A view of page 7 of the Butte College Sustainability Brochure.

Recycling Waste
• Annual college operations waste stream recycled 75%-93%
• Among the first large-scale institutions in California to meet the 50% diversion recycling standard in 1995
• Athletic track resurfaced with recycled tires
• Police academy firing range uses recycled rubber for a target backstop

• Butte College operates the largest student-funded community college transportation system in California
• Systems features:
     - 9 routes
     - 300,000 miles per year
     - Serves 1,200 students per day
     - Cost $1,046,022 per year
     - All buses are biodiesel capable and three run on natural gas
     - All Chico routes stop at the Chico Center to help students conserve fuel from driving to the main campus
• New Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) charging stations
• New carpool and Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) parking spaces
• Partner with Butte County Transit to provide reduced rate fares for students
• Member of AlterNetRides, a carpool sharing program
• Information on carpool and bus services is available online at

An image of page 6 of the Butte College Sustainability Brochure.

Butte College | 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville CA 95965 | General Information 530.895.2511

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