A Long Beach City College (LBCC) project to increase campus-energy efficiency was recognized on Tuesday, Nov. 28, when the college earned the Community College Energy Award at the Green California Summit.
The project refurbished and upgraded cooling systems at both of LBCC’s campuses, resulting in an annual reduction of 713,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and a $90,000-a-year savings in energy costs, according to a press release this week from LBCC.
“LBCC is proud to receive this award from the Green California Summit,” said Reagan F. Romali, LBCC superintendent-president. “We will continue to pursue innovative ways to increase the environmental sustainability of our two campuses.”
The college’s “HVAC Zone and Fan Static Pressure Reset project,” completed in 2016, was funded by the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, also known as Proposition 39. The project addressed the Central Plant Cooling Systems at both the Liberal Arts Campus and Pacific Coast Campus.
LBCC also installed solar-panel grids above the parking structure at its Liberal Arts Campus, completed construction of new buildings designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, set up LED-lighting conversions, increased the use of recycled water and drought tolerant plants and became one of the first Southern California community colleges to utilize portable solar generators.
The Green California Summit is organized by Green Technology, a nonprofit initiative designed to promote innovative environmental solutions and technologies among private industry, government and education. The Green California Leadership Awards were established to recognize outstanding environmental achievements by California government entities.