Energy Conservation Initiatives @ MCC
A growing wave of organizations in all sectors — education, technology, financial services, retail, manufacturing — are "going green". By embracing environmentally safe practices and conserving energy these organizations can also enjoy long term cost savings. “Going green” benefits everyone.
So, what is Mott Community College doing to play its part in this global effort towards a cleaner environment and future sustainability? Read on to find out more.
- Implemented numerous energy conservation initiatives
- Improved equipment reliability and efficiency
- Enhanced our recycling efforts
- Purchased more “green” or environmentally friendly products
- Participates in local environmental programs
Energy conservation initiatives include those projects and/or practices that not only help conserve resources for the future and save dollars, but also help prevent pollution.
See a partial list of all these initiatives below.
Physical Plant Efforts
- Installed new, high-efficiency modular pulse boilers in all but one building.
- Installed new, high-efficiency chillers in all but one building.
- Upgraded campus-wide HVAC/R management system to better control and monitor heating and cooling.
- Changed all lighting to high-efficiency electronic ballasts.
- Installed timed occupancy sensors in most rooms.
- Installed 1.0 gallon per flush (gpf) flush valves on water closets and urinals.
- Installed flow restrictors on toilet room faucets.
- Installed EMON energy monitoring system to track individual building energy use.
- Installed additional roof insulation when re-roofing buildings.
- Campus exterior lighting systems equipped with night light circuits to reduce energy use during hours that campus is closed.
The college is proactive in collecting operational items that would be toxic in the landfill and makes sure they are handled by a certified agency to recycle or dispose of them properly.
- Installing insulating glass where and when possible during new construction and/or remodeling.
- Installing permeable asphalt on new walking/jogging/biking path through campus – will evaluate for further use of this or permeable concrete on campus paved areas to reduce runoff and decrease need for underground drainage systems.
- Restricting irrigation season to minimum in order to conserve water.
- Purchased electric powered vehicles for Physical Plant, Public Safety, Events Office, Mail Room, and Catering/Events Office.
- Testing Living Roofs with small scale installation to reduce rainwater runoff and decrease HVAC/R costs.
- Drilling of water wells to provide irrigation water instead of using city water source.
- Printing and Duplicating Department uses 10 percent (10%) recycled paper.
- Also recycles paper by making scratch pads out of leftover scraps. These pads are available for all.
- Purchasing orders remanufactured toners with recycled parts for most of the laser print cartridges.
- College business envelopes are made from recycled paper.
- Promotion of Steelcase "Think Chairs" for Faculty/Staff task use. These chairs are made using recycled content and can be recycled, again and again!
- See green tips at www.savetherainforest.org/savetherainforest_002.htm which help you make a difference through the everyday choices you make.
- New 3 bin recycling systems are installed throughout all campus locations to make it easy to recycle paper, and plastic/metal bottles. “Paper recycling” includes all office paper, copy paper, newsprint, phone books and magazines. Each office and classroom has a paper collection bin. There are also larger bins located outside buildings for cardboard.
- Placing our schedule of classes and college catalog online allows us to print and distribute fewer paper copies.
- Email communications and online filing are also helping to reduce paper use.
- “ImageNow” software is being utilized in several departments to scan documents and reduce copying needs.
- (ITS) Education Media Services has recently updated MCC’s smart classrooms. A timer program has been installed in the Crestron touch panels to automatically shutdown the system if there is no use for two hours. This will result in saving electricity and extend the life of projector bulbs and equipment.
- The Green Initiatives Team (GRIT) has been formed. This team will work to implement an on-campus recycling program, promote green activities and initiatives, and keep the campus community educated and informed on environmental issues that impact us all. We are looking for interested individuals to join us...please contact Becky Gale-Gonzalez at 762-0455 for more information.
- Several business transactions occur online reducing our use of paper and mailing costs including: grade reports, admissions applications, and registration. Students can also find 1098 tax statements, transcript request and other features using WebAdvisor.
- Course delivery is aided by Blackboard discussions and online test taking to reduce our use of paper, toner, copier use and results in great savings.
- Placement assessments and classroom tests are also computer based and allow us to work efficiently.
- Accounting has also moved to online payroll reporting and payroll checks as well as opt in features for W2 tax statements.
- The Human Resources department has gone paperless with multiple employee forms and instituted an online application process for job applicants.
- Class schedules and college catalogs are online and that allows us to print and distribute fewer paper copies.
- The MCC Technology Division reports that the solvent waste product from the Automotive courses is recycled through Crystal Clean. The solvent is reused in other industrial applications, such as a machining compound, lubricant, coolant and even made into asphalt and other items. Our new system of pick-up/delivery has also resulted in MCC using this petroleum based product 3 to 4 times longer.
Also, used oil and antifreeze from the MCC Automotive program are recycled through Future Environmental. These materials are recycled into other industrial products or used in hi-tech, clean burning commercial oil burners.