San Diego Community College District – 2013 Higher Education Energy Champion

San Diego Community College District – 2013 Higher Education Energy Champion

October 5, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
DISTRICT IS THE SECOND LARGEST COMMUNITY
COLLEGE DISTRICT IN CALIFORNIA. WE SERVE APPROXIMATELY
130,000 STUDENTS AT 3 COLLEGES. WE HAVE 2.5 MEGAWATTS
OF SOLAR POWER THAT WE’VE INSTALLED
THROUGHOUT OUR DISTRICT. WE HAVE ELECTRICAL VEHICLE
CHARGING STATIONS AT EACH OF OUR 3 COLLEGES AS WELL AS TWO OF OUR
CONTINUING EDUCATION CAMPUSES. WE’RE REDUCING OUR
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS ASSOCIATED WITH CARBON DIOXIDE
EMISSIONS FROM THE VEHICLES, AND IT’S HELPING SUPPORT
SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES THAT OUR BOARD HAS APPROVED
AND ADOPTED. THE INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERSHIP
PROGRAM HAS ALLOWED US TO DO A LOT OF
RETROCOMMISSIONING OF EXISTING BUILDINGS WHERE WE
MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE HAVE HAD THE RESOURCES
TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. WE’VE HAD BUILDINGS WHERE WE’VE
HAD TO REPLACE DUCTWORK. VARIOUS MODULES OF THE HEATING,
VENTILATION, AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM
HAVEN’T WORKED APPROPRIATELY. WE END UP SAVING ENERGY WHEN
OUR BUILDINGS ARE PERFORMING TO THEIR DESIGNED INTENT. PART OF OUR GREEN BUILDING
POLICY AS A DISTRICT IS TO PURSUE LEED CERTIFICATION
ON ALL NEW BUILDINGS. WE CURRENTLY HAVE 20
THAT ARE LEED-CERTIFIED SILVER OR GOLD, AND BEHIND ME
IS A PLATINUM-LEVEL BUILDING WHICH WE’RE VERY PROUD OF. WE HAVE 41 IN TOTAL. THAT’S MORE THAN ANY OTHER
HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION IN THE SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC
TERRITORY. WE’RE CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS
OF ROLLING OUT A SMART METERING PROGRAM
WHICH WILL HAVE A PUBLICLY FACING DASHBOARD. OUR INSTRUCTORS IN SOME OF OUR
CAREER TECHNICAL PROGRAMS WILL BE ABLE TO USE THAT
AS A TEACHING TOOL, AND THEN THOSE
THAT ARE INTERESTED IN OUR SUSTAINABILITY
INITIATIVES CAN VERY READILY SEE WHAT ARE WE DOING TO REDUCE
OUR GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, WHAT ARE WE DOING
TO SAVE ENERGY. WE HAVE CHANGED OUR CULTURE TO
REALLY EMBRACE SUSTAINABILITY AS ONE OF OUR CORE VALUES. 6 YEARS AGO, SUSTAINABILITY
WAS NOT PART OF OUR VOCABULARY VERY EXTENSIVELY HERE. NOW WE HAVE SUSTAINABILITY
CERTIFICATES IN OUR PROGRAM. THESE ARE SOME THINGS
THAT REALLY COME FROM EMBRACING THE CULTURE.