Facilities Services has established a number of initiatives related to energy and water conservation, as well as other earth-friendly considerations. These efforts are part of a continuing commitment to environmental stewardship.
The Pecos campus is connected to a reclaimed water system that is supplied by the City of Chandler. Reclaimed water is a non-potable form of water that the city processes, and then distributes for landscape irrigation. This is water that has gone down the drain through the city systems, is processed, and redistributed for utilization in landscape irrigation. CGCC Pecos campus has implemented a number of operational activities to lower domestic water use, increase reclaimed water use and lower the use of all water overall.
ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED INCLUDE:
- Use of treated waste water in Pecos Campus cooling towers saves as much as 10,000,000 domestic gallons of water annually
- Use of reclaimed water for all landscaping at the Pecos Campus
- Low flow/limited flow plumbing fixtures are also utilized in all CGCC restrooms.
- Conventional water fountains have been converted to bottle filling stations to encourage the use of refillable bottles.
- Xeriscape plants and trees are featured in the majority of locations at all campuses. Xeriscape practices conserve significant quantities of landscape watering by utilizing native desert specimens.
The Pecos and Williams campuses utilize computer based energy management systems to improve the daily control of air conditioning and lighting at the campuses.
CGCC is proud to have two college building with 100% LED lighting.
CGCC is also about 85% through a total LED conversion of both interior and exterior light fixtures. Early estimates project a 30% reduction in total kwh use.
CGCC has installed a 1.38 MW solar power system at the Pecos Campus of Chandler-Gilbert Community College. This array powers 37% of the Pecos Campus's annual electrical needs, meaning that over a third of our energy use comes from sustainable sources generated on campus!
As an early signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), this move is a huge step toward meeting our emissions reduction goals and a significant demonstration of Chandler-Gilbert's commitment to sustainability and good stewardship, both environmental and financial.
Recycling and Biodegradable Products
CGCC recycles virtually all paper products for post-consumer processing, as well as aluminum cans and plastic bottles. All routine custodial cleaning products in use at CGCC are biodegradable and the college is currently transitioning to the exclusive use of green certified cleaning products.
New Building Development
As CGCC develops new campus buildings, we will continue to focus on building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facilities. LEED represents the standard in Green Building Rating Systems. All future building development at CGCC will achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification. This is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high performance, sustainable buildings.
Engel Hall on the Williams campus as well as Ironwood Hall and Javelina Hall on the Pecos campus have received LEED Gold certification. Jacaranda Hall on the Pecos campus has received LEED Silver certification. They received this designation based upon their high level of energy efficiency and other sustainability measures. Javelina and Jacaranda Halls employ the use of natural lighting, highly efficient LED lighting, a photovoltaic array that produces 15,000 kW-hrs annually, and the use of recycled building products.
CGCC constructed an Environmental Technology Center (ETC) which includes a solar powered ramada/outdoor classroom and experiential learning garden.