Sustainability Accomplishments

Chronology of Accomplishments

(most current data as of 7/2016)

Management and Organizational Structure

  • 2006, Campus Sustainability Steering Committee established
  • 2006 fall, Joined the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). 
  • 2007 Modeling Sustainability was included as one of the key initiatives in the Strategic Plan
  • Date ?  Board Policy 6666- Energy and Sustainability Policy developed
  • 2007 spring, Butte College signs onto the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). 
  • 2007 spring, Butte College signs the Talloires Declaration to address environmental pollution and degradation, and the depletion of natural resources. 
  • 2010, Sustainability was included in our core values, mission statement, strategic plan and board policies 
  • Date ?Made a commitment to become Climate Neutral by 2015
  • 2013 “Modeling Sustainability” was included as one of the key initiatives in the Strategic Plan (2nd time) 

Energy Efficiency

  • 2002 Developed a set of design standards that incorporate energy efficiency into new and remodeled buildings.  Including: upgrading lighting, implementing variable air volume systems, lighting occupancy sensors, replace HVAC systems, vending machine misers, and monitoring based commissioning.
  • 2002 Began to achieve the California Community College Board of Governors 2008 Energy and Sustainability Policy 3.1 goals in these areas:  Reduced energy use by 15% in 2007, exceeded Title 24 energy standards by 15% in 2002, exceeded Title 24 energy standards by 10% for renovations in 2002, increased self-generation by 50% by 2009, procured 20% of electricity from renewable sources by 2005 and 40% of electricity from renewable sources by 2009.
  • 2008 Information Technology Department began to focus on reducing energy costs by:  automatically shutting down computer labs, faculty and staff computers based on schedule and closure times, and using the EPEAT for purchasing reducing the need for new computers.
  • 2005 Energy monitoring in place with the installation of the PV panels.
  • Date ?Two energy audits have been completed by PG&E, and the campus has completed most recommendations from the first and has begun to work on projects recommended from the second.

Facilities Operation

  • Date ? 68-78 degree campaign initiated.
  • 2010/2011 Optimized building occupancy by scheduling an efficient work week, with shorter Friday hours during the fall and spring semesters.  Prior to 1989 the four day work week was implemented for the summer.
  • Date ?HVAC and lighting is scheduled to support the actual classroom utilization with usage reports updated periodically.
  • 2013 Currently there is a major MBCx project in the works.

Sustainable Building Practices

  • 2010 Arts building built using LEED standards and awarded LEED Gold Certification.
  • Date ?  Student and Administrative Services Building built using LEED standards and pending certification.
  • 2010/2011 Completed construction on Allied Health, Public Service Center, Chico Center, Learning Resource Center, and Library Renovation and Expansion which all incorporated sustainability into design and construction.

On-site Generation and Renewable Energy

  • 2005 Completion of Solar Phase I, providing 25% of electricity needs.
  • 2009 Completion of Solar Phase II, and the college became the largest solar campus in California with 45% of energy generated from ground, roof, and covered parking solar panels.
  • 2011 Completion of Solar Phase III, resulting in a total 85% of college’s electrical needs met through solar. 

Transportation, Commuting, and Campus Fleet and Travel

  • 2010 Purchased Zimride to facilitate carpooling. (Discontinued in spring 2013)
  • Date ?  New bike racks installed at First and Palm bus stop in Chico.
  • 2012 spring, Commuting survey completed
  • 2013 spring, Installed a rideshare board in the Campus Center.

Water, Wastewater, and Sustainable Landscaping

  • 2002 Developed a set of design standards that incorporate water efficiency into new and remodeled buildings.  Including: waterless urinals, water sensors, and low flow valves.
  • 2007-2008, Students reviewed drinking water on campus, through an EPA P3 grant.
  • Date?  Installed new a new irrigation system that monitors weather conditions and adjusts supply accordingly, and fine-tuned system for minimum water use.
  • 2012/2013 The community & college Book in Common was ‘Unquenchable’ by Robert Glennon.

Solid Waste Reduction and Management

  • 1995 Met state of California’s standard to divert over 50% of waste stream from the landfill.
  • Date ? Dining Services partnered with Ag. Department to compost ~1,500 pounds of compost per month using worms (Discontinued after 2 years)
  • Date ? Dining Services purchased recycled napkins, and plates made from compostable sugar cane.
  • 2009 fall, Dining Services introduced some compostable small wares; cornstarch based cups, and potato ware knives, forks, and spoons.
  • 2010 fall, Dining Services eliminated Styrofoam.
  • 2012 fall, Dining Services chemical buckets get reused by Facilities and tin cans get reused by Auto Tech.
  • 2012 Diverted 74% of waste from the landfill

Green Purchasing

  • 2010 spring, Dining Services began to use some local vendors, and the main vendor, US Foods Livermore is certified green and grid positive

Student and Curriculum Development

  • 2006/2007 A Faculty Sustainability Committee established the Clear Creek Project to infuse sustainability into the curriculum.  (Discontinued when funding ceased in winter of 2008).
  • 2007 and 2008 Affiliated with Eban Goodstein’s ‘Focus the Nation: Global Warming solutions for America’, and participated in the 2007 and 2008 National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions
  • 2007 Graduation Pledge for Social and Environmental Responsibility implemented
  • 2007/2008 IDST 94: Service Learning course focused on sustainability based service projects in the community. (Discontinued in 2010, projects referred to the Sustainability Resource Center)
  • 2008 spring, Developed and implemented the 17 unit Sustainability Studies Certificate program
  • 2008/2009 Developed and began to implement the Green Building Certificate program
  • 2009/2010 Scenario Village initiated.
  • 2010 Spring,Seven course training for displaced workers focused on energy efficiency, solar, and green building.
  • 2010 Assisted faculty in infusing sustainability into courses with curriculum resources, collaborative assignments, and Education for Sustainability examples for lower division courses and K-12 standards.  Discontinued in June 2013 when Basic Skills Initiative and Title III grant ended.

Campus and Community Outreach and Awareness

  • 2007 The Associated Students open the Sustainability Resource Center on campus 
  • 2008/2009 Community Education Workshop Series hosted by Contract Education’s Training Program.
  • Dates?  Butte College hosted Campus Sustainability Conference
  • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Partnered with CSU, Chico to host the ‘This Way to Sustainability’ conference
  • 2012 spring, Chico Green Map created and in spring 2013 Butte College Green Map went live.

Climate Action Planning

  • 2006 First greenhouse gas inventory completed
  • 2012 Second greenhouse gas inventory completed

Other Programs and Projects

  • 1973  Board of Trustees designated 928 acres of Butte College a Wildlife Refuge
  • 2007  Associated Students open the Sustainability Resource Center
  • Date ?26 Acres of campus agriculture Certified Organic
  • 2008 The Associated Students Opened the Sustainability Resource Center
  • Date ?Biofiltration Wetland Education Learning Laboratory (BeWell) created for Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) students to sustainably manage stormwater runoff.
  • Date ? Bookstore uses ‘green’ cleaning products to maintain stores.
  • 2010/2011 Partnered with Chico, Oroville, Paradise, and CSU, Chico to measure behavioral change based on energy audition and energy efficiency measurement.
  • 2012 California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC), Butte College Chapter hosts the first state wide Convergence to be held at a Community College.
  • Date ? Clear Creek Riparian Restoration Project uses goats to consume 90% of non-native plants along 2.5 miles of Clear Creek.
  • Date ? Partnered with CSU, Chico College of Engineering on Clean Technology grants, the Green Building program
  • 2013 Bottle brick and cob bench project completed at the Main Campus bus area.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2008 National Wildlife Federation Campus Chill Out Grand Prize Award
  • 2009 Campus Leadership Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
  • 2009 Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Leadership Award.
  • 2009 Accreditation Commendation for Environmental Stewardship
  • 2009 UC-CSU-CCC Sustainability Conference Energy Efficiency Best Practices Award – HVAC Design and Retrofit for Arts building, and Honorable mention for best water efficiency and site water quality award for Arts building.
  • 2010 Arts building awarded LEED Gold Certification.
  • In process ? The Student and Administrative Services Building is pending LEED Certification
  • 2012 Green Genome Governance Award
  • 2012 MESA Program selected as National winners of the EPA’s 8th annual award competition (out of 300 colleges).

Nena Anguiano and Samia Yaqub

Initiative Award for Sustainability
Nena Anguiano and Dr. Samia Yaqub


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