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:
- Replace old technology with new and more efficient equipment. A green building is less expensive to operate because it consumes less energy and water.
- LEED Design of the Columbia College Sugarpine Building. This includes water efficiency, energy, indoor environmental quality and innovation in operations, upgrades, and maintenance.
- Improve on communication and education with the administration, faculty and students of the issues and concepts and the development needs for future initiatives.
- Rebate incentives from PG&E & MID for gas usage savings, power savings for participation in the energy efficiency program.
- Providing more efficient lighting and ballasts when replacing lights.
- Improved energy efficiency with lighting sensors in classrooms and offices, waterless urinals, low flow valves, water and lavatory sensors.
- 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.
- 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