Striving for Green

Published on: January 21, 2011

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Architectural Technology is not the only place on campus where you’ll find an interest in sustainability, going green, and green jobs.

In June 2007, DCTC Pres. Ron Thomas signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment and since that time DCTC has made numerous changes on campus.

Here are a few of things that have happened since then.  Be sure to check out DCTC Green News for the latest.

Going Green at DCTC

Our Green Campus Commitment Committees have initiated a comprehensive array of short-term and long-term projects to achieve our sustainability objectives.

  • The Instructional Action Team is finding ways to integrate sustainability into selected aspects of program curriculum.
  • We are working toward LEED Silver Certification in all college construction projects.
  • Solar panels have been added to our new greenhouse. The panels will be used to heat the greenhouse during the day and supplement the heating system at night, which will save on natural gas costs.
  • An electronic newsletter, DCTC Green News, has been launched as a green-initiatives educational tool for students, faculty, staff and the community.
  • TKDA engineers completed the Energy Emissions Inventory & Baseline Determination Report.
  • Landscape Horticulture students participated in the design aspect of the front parking lot project.
  • LEED for Existing Buildings is under review and discussion for possible implementation at DCTC.
  • Following a baseline study of monthly campus trash generation, the college implemented a campus-wide recycling program.
  • The Student Senate took a leadership role in promoting our new recycling program. The Senate purchased 45 recycling containers, which have been distributed throughout the campus. TKDA and Allied Waste provided two days of onsite student training.
  • The Instructional Action Team is investigating additional program majors in the areas of environmental technology.
  • The college installed new occupancy sensors, lighting controls and updated our energy management system.
  • The college is implementing new green purchasing guidelines.
  • The college recently purchased a Toyota Prius and a smart fortwo passion coupe to promote fuel efficiency in our motor pool.
  • The college is installing throughout the building 100 percent postconsumer recycled paper towels and toilet paper, which use no chlorine or chemicals during production.
  • The college is investigating photovoltaic panels, which turn sunlight energy into electricity.
  • Working with the Clinton Global Initiative, the college is looking into wind energy.
  • New green purchasing guidelines are being implemented.
  • Architectural Technology instructor Beverly Claybrook, LEED AP attended workshops”Carbon is the New Gold,” “Solar: Integrating Green Curriculum for Tomorrow’s Professionals,” “Solar Umbrella House: Responsible Living for the 21st Century” and “Ecoliteracy in Architectural Education.
  • The Instructional Action Team has developed the “Sustainability Across the Curriculum Survey,” which should soon be distributed to our faculty.
  • Community involvement has been engaged at numerous levels.

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