The Coast Community College District is being recognized with two top awards from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors 2018 Energy and Sustainability Awards.
The Coast District won in the category of Best Overall Large District for an interior lighting retrofit at Golden West College. The project is estimated to save 611,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, which equates to $120,000 in cost savings every year.
In the category of Retrofit Project, Orange Coast College, also part of the Coast District, won for its retrofit of stadium, gym, and theater lighting. The retrofit is estimated to save $72,000 each year in energy costs.
“In addition to enhancing our sustainability and energy use profile, these are great examples of how strategically-focused capital expenditures can positively affect operating budgets,” said Andy Dunn, Coast District vice chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services.
The Excellence in Energy and Sustainability Awards were established in 2012 to honor top, exemplary campus energy projects funded through Proposition 39. Criteria include demonstrating excellence in annual energy cost savings, environmental sustainability, and job creation.
“Achieving climate goals is a top state priority, and we encourage community colleges to take aggressive action consistent with those goals,” said California Community Colleges Board of Governors President Tom Epstein.
This article was released by Coast Community College District.