Sustainability at Bellevue College Walking Tour Map

See how Sustainability at Bellevue College is helping to make our campus a more environmentally-focused community!

Download the Bellevue College Sustainability Walking Tour Map in color (PDF) or black and white (PDF)

 

Self-Guided Tour

Background

Bellevue College celebrated its first Earth Week in the spring of 2000.  Since then, Sustainability at Bellevue College has expanded its efforts with new solar panels, electric car charging stations, campus wide composting, a student and faculty community garden, and launching of the Sustainable Business degree program and Office of Sustainability with five student paid internships.

Funding:

Many of the projects on the map were supported by the Student Environmental and Sustainability Fund (SESF) which supports projects by students, faculty and administrators to provide the campus with sustainable resources for student use and education while enhancing Bellevue College’s efforts to create a campus that is socially, environmentally and economically responsible.

Have an idea? Apply for a SESF grant.

Resources:

Contact Information

Please send emails to sustainability@bellevecollege.edu

Or to the Associated Student Government Environmental and Social Representative at asgenvir@bellevuecollege.edu

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1.  The Office of Sustainability is located in C-212 (Student Programs) and in K-100 (Campus Operations and Security).  If you have any questions please stop by.

2.  The community garden provides an outdoor classroom where students grow and learn about fresh produce.  In 2012-2013 students grew and donated over 1000 lbs of produce for community and food banks.

3.  Electric vehicle and charging stations installed in 2012 made Bellevue College the first college to install fast-DC charging stations in the western US.

4.  Enterprise Carshare provides an alternative to car ownership or for those who might take quick trips from campus.

5.  Composting started in 2010 in the cafeteria then spread to the rest of the college campus.  Food scraps and compostable food grade materials degrade into organic material, and turn to soil. In 2013, BC diverted more than 21,000 pounds of waste from going into the landfill.

6.  Solar panels can be spotted through the windows of Student Programs (on top of the Art Building).  The solar panels provide roughly 7-8% of the power for C-Building, including the greenhouse.

7.  The Transportation Desk is located in C106 on the 1st floor of the C- building.  Need help finding a bus route or carpooling member?  This is the place to go.

8.  Water-refill stations throughout BC campus encourage the use of personal cups over plastic water bottles.

9.  Faculty Commons is located in D-104 and Sustainability at Bellevue College offers training and stipends for faculty to integrate sustainability concepts into their courses.

10.  From the college library, the Sustainability Library Media Center provides students and faculty with teaching and learning resources on Sustainability and beyond.

11.  In 2012, Paper Cut software was installed setting a limit on printing.  Prior to this installment, students and employees were printing a total annul amount of 7 million sheets.

12.  The Health Sciences T-building will be the newest building and “Greenest” on BC campus.  It will have a green roof and certified as LEED Gold like our Bellevue College S-building.

13.  Lamps by the S- building use efficient bulbs that are directed towards the ground reducing “light pollution” which can harm the nighttime environment and wash out the view of the stars.

14.  The Science S-building is certified as LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

15.  The bike Fix-It station, next to the bus shelter and car garage, provides a stand and tools for bicycle repairs.

16.  The Bus Shelter provides real-time bus arrival information, making it convenient for student’s transportation needs.

17.  The R-Building uses ground source heating and cooling and natural ventilation in the office building, which reduces the need for mechanical fans and associated electric consumption.

18.  Hand dryers in bathrooms conserve paper and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.