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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has selected College of the Desert, Copper Mountain College, Skyline College, Cañada College, and Imperial Valley College as winners of the annual Energy and Sustainability Awards competition. The awards are presented to community colleges or districts that promote energy efficiency and sustainability on their campuses.
Four of these awards were given to colleges who initiated projects that excelled in maximizing Proposition 39 funding, which is distributed to California community colleges to make energy efficient upgrades to their campuses. A separate award was given to a college faculty and student group that developed an outstanding sustainability initiative.
“The drought we are confronting is a stark reminder of the scarcity of the resources we take for granted,” said Manuel Baca, president of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. “Every effort should be made to conserve those limited resources. The colleges and individuals we are honoring are paving the way toward a sustainable future. I congratulate the winners of these awards and all of the other colleges who have made energy sustainability and conservation a way of life on their campuses.”
Over 300 community college clean energy projects and initiatives were considered for the awards.
The Proposition 39-related awards were given to colleges for excellence in four respective categories: best retrofit project; best self-generation (solar) project; and best “Deemed Incentive” project. “Deemed Incentive” relates to the standard utility rebate given for an energy efficient project. Another Proposition 39 category is known as “Commissioning,” and relates to a process to identify and correct building systems and operations that waste energy.
The awards will be presented to the winners Sept. 9, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento during the Community College Facility Coalition Conference. Additionally, an individual award for this year’s CCC Sustainability Champion will be announced at the ceremony.
The award winners and honorable mentions:
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The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 112 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. 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: