Puget Sound Energy presented Bellevue College’s board of trustees with an oversized check for participating in PSE’s “Enhanced Lighting” program and a campus-wide lighting retrofit to smarter and more efficient technology.
The Bellevue College Athletic fields are not the only thing that’s green on campus anymore. No, as of this week our Soccer/Softball scoreboard has now gone solar! I spoke with the Bellevue College Athletic Director, Bill O’ Connor, about the new addition to our campus and how easy it is to get more environmental options on …more about Bellevue College SCORES with Solar!
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 …more about Community College Leadership – Building Green, Dreaming Big!
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 …more about New Projector Software Can Save
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 …more about BC Awarded $1.2 Million Energy Grant
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 …more about BC Community Saves Thousands on Efficient Lighting Deals
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 …more about Student Finds Most BC Computers Green
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 …more about Sustainability at BC Goes to Olympia!
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 …more about First Major Drop in BC GHG Emissions in Recorded History
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 …more about Solar Panels Shed Light on Alternative Energy Potential