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PRESS RELEASE November 13, 2017

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California Community Colleges Board of Governors Honors Winners of 2017 Energy and Sustainability Awards

Six colleges honored for leading the state in environmental initiatives


Sacramento, Calif. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today honored Orange Coast College, Palomar College, Solano Community College, Butte College, Cerritos College and Cabrillo College as winners of the annual Excellence in Energy and Sustainability award competition for projects that are protecting the environment and saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.


The Board of Governors Energy and Sustainability Awards were established in 2012 to recognize leadership in implementing goals set forth in Proposition 39, also known as the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy generation in schools.


“California community colleges are leaders in conservation and sustainability, with smart energy solutions that enhance learning environments, save taxpayers money, create jobs and make our system a responsible steward of public and natural resources.” said California Community Colleges Board of Governors President Cecilia V. Estolano.


Awards are granted in the following categories:



Award winners in the category of Proposition 39 projects are chosen based upon a point system comparing cost savings, energy savings and jobs created by Proposition 39 energy projects. The Faculty/Student Initiatives Award recognizes faculty and/or students who are making a difference in developing sustainability initiatives for their college. The Sustainability Champion is chosen by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office based upon an individual’s contributions in energy savings and sustainability.


The following colleges and college districts were honored for Excellence in Energy and Sustainability – Proposition 39 Projects:


Best Overall District - Large:

Winner: Coast Community College District, Orange Coast College – Interior Lighting Retrofit


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Orange Coast College replaced more than 12,500 fluorescent and incandescent fixtures with energy efficient fluorescent and LED fixtures during an interior lighting retrofit in several campus buildings. The total project cost was $887,000 and included approximately $722,000 of Proposition 39 funds, $150,000 of Investor Owned Utility rebates, and $15,000 of district funds. The project is estimated to save 628,000 kilowatt hours, resulting in energy cost savings of $81,000 annually. Additionally, construction of this project created more than 2,500 hours of journeyman employment.



Los Angeles Harbor College completed an RCx project at the central plant serving their campus. The project involved upgrading central plant controls and optimizing chiller control to better account for variability in campus energy needs. The total project cost was $316,000 and included approximately

$204,000 of Proposition 39 funds, $26,000 of LADWP rebates, and $86,000 of district funds. The project is estimated to save 326,000 kilowatt hours, resulting in energy cost savings of $42,000 annually. The construction for this project generated 807 hours of journeyman and 168 hours of apprentice employment.


Renewable Energy Winner:

Cabrillo Community College District, Cabrillo College – Solar Thermal Pool Heater


The Cabrillo Community College District completed a solar thermal pool heater project at its Cabrillo College campus, which involved installing new controls and monitoring systems, a new solar pump station, heat exchanger and storage tank, and 56 new roof mounted solar thermal panels. The total project cost was

$227,000 and included approximately $137,000 of Proposition 39 funds, $37,000 of Investor Owned Utility rebates, and $52,000 of district funds. The project is estimated to save 7,466 therms, resulting in energy cost savings of $3,700 annually. The construction for this project generated 1,045 hours of journeyman employment.


In addition, Dr. Mark Padilla, a professor of physics at Chaffey College, was honored with a Faculty/Student Initiative Award. Padilla plays an integral role behind the Physics in the Central Plant initiative, which integrates energy efficiency equipment and operations directly into student learning through the physics curriculum. The curriculum includes student tours of the central plant and increases student, faculty, staff and community knowledge and interest in energy efficiency and sustainability, energy efficient equipment and operations of campus facilities.


Joe Fullerton, the Energy and Sustainability Manager at San Mateo County Community College District, was selected as the California Community Colleges Sustainability Champion for setting an aggressive pace in sustainability at the district since his arrival more than three years ago. He started his tenure by completing sustainability plans at all three district campuses, and he worked with a local nonprofit to in securing $3.5 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission to support a solar and energy storage project. Fullerton also is working to implement a new Facility Management System to help the district save energy and water while improving maintenance and operations for staff efficiency.


The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 114 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year universities. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges, please visit http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/.


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