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Facilities Planning and Operations


Sustainability provides for current needs without sacrificing the needs of future generations. One of the goals at Yosemite Community College District is to transition to a more sustainable campus. You will hear the words "sustainability," "going green," or "green building" coming up more often in discussions during the process of building our new buildings or when a renovation project is required. By workings together we can make it happen.

Listed below are practices the colleges have implemented at the current time:

  1. Replace old technology with new and more efficient equipment. A green building is less expensive to operate because it consumes less energy and water.
  2. LEED Design of the Columbia College Sugarpine Building. This includes water efficiency, energy, indoor environmental quality and innovation in operations, upgrades, and maintenance.
  3. Improve on communication and education with the administration, faculty and students of the issues and concepts and the development needs for future initiatives.
  4. Rebate incentives from PG&E & MID for gas usage savings, power savings for participation in the energy efficiency program.
  5. Providing more efficient lighting and ballasts when replacing lights.
  6. Improved energy efficiency with lighting sensors in classrooms and offices, waterless urinals, low flow valves, water and lavatory sensors.
  7. The Modesto Junior College track was resurfaced with recycled tires. Included in this project was the Musco energy efficient lighting that was installed at the track and practice field.
  8. Reducing waste, reusing, or recycling materials.

The following buildings have been constructed and certified LEED:

Columbia College - Maple & Laurel/Child Development Center – Silver Certified

Columbia College - Sugar Pine/Science & Natural Resources – Gold Certified

Modesto Junior College – Student Services - Silver Certified