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Sustainability Best Practices

Projects/Action Items
Participating Colleges
Energy Efficiency
Use daylighting whenever possible (consider adding skylights or solar tubes as needed BC, CVC, EFC, MVC, RLC
Install occupancy sensors BC, CVC, ECC, EFC, MVC, RLC
Upgrade from T-8 to LED lighting BC, CVC, ECC, EFC, MVC, RLC
Follow IES recommendations for foot-candles CVC, EFC
Upgrade lighting panel board to improve load scheduling in progress at all colleges
Use dimmable electronic ballasts where appropriate BC, CVC, ECC, EFC, RLC
Offer bi-level switching in all spaces (two levels of lighting in addition to off) BC, CVC, EFC
Use these temperature set points: 72 for heat; 75 for cooling BC, ECC, EFC, RLC
Consider installing ceiling fans in open spaces such as auditoriums, student centers, gyms and libraries
Cover HVAC units with awnings     
Power down labs/admin computers at night CVC, EFC, MVC
Sub-meter all buildings CVC, ECC, EFC, MVC, RLC
Complete monthly sustainability reports all colleges
Consider district purchase of energy management software CVC, in progress at other colleges
Use "Smart Strips" that manage plug load with software BC, EFC, RLC
Consider implementing a college policy to restrict electrical appliances such as space heaters, personal refrigerators and halogen lamps. CVC, EFC, in progress at other colleges
Reinvest energy savings EFC, RLC
Create an energy saving room utilization schedule for weekends. CVC, ECC, EFC, RLC
Offer recycling stations along with every waste container BC, CVC (in progress), ECC (in progress), 
Offer composting MVC, EFC, RLC
Participate in Recyclemania each year BC, CVC, EFC, MVC, RLC
Water Conservation
Retrofit restrooms with water-conserving dual flush toilet handles or high-efficiency toilets, and high efficiency urinals, faucets and showerheads. BC, CVC, ECC, EFC, NLC, RLC
Resolve all plumbing leaks promptly; use quality, brand name parts BC, ECC, EFC, MVC, NLC, RLC
Use native/drought-tolerant plants in landscapes all colleges
Audit and optimize irrigation systems all colleges
Water in the a.m. and only when needed BC, CVC, ECC, EFC, MVC, RLC
Adjust sprinklers to avoid waste BC, CVC (in progress), ECC, EFC,
Test spray head patterns; check for clogs BC, CVC, ECC, EFC, MVC, RLC
Use drip irrigation for beds BC, CVC, EFC, MVC, RLC
Set lawnmower blades higher CVC, ECC, EFC
Mulch around shrubs/planters all colleges
Use hose with automatic shutoff nozzle CVC, ECC, EFC, RLC
Use a broom vs. hose or blowers to clean CVC, EFC
Install rain shutoff devices BC, CVC, MVC, NLC, RLC
Consider adding rainwater collections ponds CVC, EFC, RLC
Consider adding cisterns CVC (in progress), EFC, RLC
Audit and optimize cooling tower performance CVC, ECC (replacement in design), 
Monitor water consumption BC, CVC, ECC, EFC, MVC, RLC
Install roof insulation; should be Energy Star rated CVC, EFC, RLC
Install reflective roofs MVC, ECC, RLC
Do an annual inspection of roof BC, ECC, EFC, MVC, NLC, RLC
Have cleaning crews work during the day (early morning or end of the day) 
Conduct equipment audit and create replacement schedule BC, CVC, ECC, EFC, MVC, RLC
Calibrate sensors/thermostats every two months EFC
Replace sensors every two yearsRLC
Optimize heating/cooling system control programsall colleges
Operate AHUs in Economizer Modeall colleges
Consider installing automatic controls to turn off HVAC and other systems when a room is unusedall colleges
Implement control strategies to optimize the supply-air temperatures and reduce heat. This stops heating and cooling systems from working against each other. CVC, EFC 
Use zero or low VOC paint BC, CVC, ECC, EFC, MVC, RLC
Purchase only Energy Star equipment BC, CVC, ECC, EFC, MVC, RLC
Education and Awareness
Post conservation/recycling signage  EFC, MVC, RLC
Purchase water fountains with bottle-fillers BC, CVC (in progress), ECC (in progress), EFC, MVC, NLC, RLC
Participate in Cease the Grease BC, CVC, EFC, MVC, NLC, RLC
Evaluate the impact of phone/computer charging EFC, NLC
Encourage students and employees to turn off computers and lights when not in use. all colleges