Energy

Community College Leadership – Building Green, Dreaming Big!

Date posted: September 26, 2013
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On September 10th, the Office of Sustainability visited Cascadia Community College’s Center for Global Learning and Arts. This building is a cutting-edge, LEED Platinum building, and it signals a high level of commitment to sustainability. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is awarded at four levels – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. BC’s Office of Sustainability […]

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New Projector Software Can Save

Date posted: July 17, 2013
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The Bellevue College Media Maintenance department is deploying new software called Global Viewer in order to manage classroom projectors.  So far 83 projectors are online with the software, a project that can ultimately save the campus energy and money if it is used to the fullest potential. Projector lamps cost around $300 dollars each and […]

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BC Awarded $1.2 Million Energy Grant

Date posted: June 25, 2013

The Washington State Department of Commerce  announced nearly $8 million in grants to create jobs and to help seven higher education institutions lower their energy costs.  Bellevue College was awarded  $1,185,000 toward HVAC (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning) equipment and controls replacement and repair and North Campus parking lighting improvements.   Bellevue College received the largest award this round and […]

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BC Community Saves Thousands on Efficient Lighting Deals

Date posted: May 24, 2013
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Bellevue College hosted a PSE vendor during Earth Week who sold Energy Savings Boxes. These boxes came in a $5 or $20 version. Both included numerous energy efficient light bulbs, such as CFLs and LEDs. Many people choose to go with the $20 box, which had an efficient showerhead and sink faucet attachment on top […]

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Student Finds Most BC Computers Green

Date posted: April 29, 2013
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Laurie Nord, an BC Information Technology student recently did an audit to figure out how many Bellevue College computers are EPEAT certified as a service learning project part of Gwyneth Jones’s Environmental Science course. There are many different sustainability certifications or ratings that products can earn nowadays. The leading certification for electronics is EPEAT, giving electronic […]

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Sustainability at BC Goes to Olympia!

Date posted: February 27, 2013
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Back-to-Back Lobbying and Testifying by BC Students – 2/13/2013 Throughout the month of February, the SSA, Sustainability, and OSLA have been attending multiple lobbying sessions at the State Capitol in Olympia. Last Wednesday, Zach Boucher, the Transportation Coordinator at Sustainability, participated in a Transportation Lobby Day. The following day, I testified to the House Environmental […]

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First Major Drop in BC GHG Emissions in Recorded History

Date posted: February 1, 2013
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Each year, Resource Conservation Accounting division of Sustainability at Bellevue College provides GHG reports to the campus community along with all other relevant organizations. Greenhouse Gas Reporting Programs, in general, helps us better understand where greenhouse gas emissions are coming from and gives us the idea of how to make informed policy decisions by collecting […]

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Solar Panels Shed Light on Alternative Energy Potential

Date posted: January 31, 2013
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Bellevue College, with money from the SESF fund as well as a grant from Washington State Department of Commerce, has installed a solar panel array above the art wing on C-Building. The grant represented around 30% of the cost of the project. The array produces 7KW of energy. It has been estimated that the panels […]

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BC’s Greenest Building – Coming Soon!

Date posted: January 4, 2013
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Any guesses what our greenest building is?  I bet you said the S Building.  The S Building is LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).  But as a science lab building it still uses a lot of energy.  The R building was not LEED rated when it was built, but uses the natural temperature […]

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Climate Change Top Issue for BC Students

Date posted: November 29, 2012

Climate Change found to be far and away the most important sustainability issue in the eyes of Bellevue College students. This information comes as the result of a recent student survey conducted by the Office of Student Legislative Affairs (OSLA). OSLA conducts the survey to establish a legislative agenda to use down in Olympia during […]

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