Sustainability Team

Charge

The Sustainability Team is charged with supporting and promoting the adoption of sustainable practices on all campuses and with promoting sustainability education in the classroom and in the work place.  As part of its work the team may suggest new initiatives for consideration by the President.  Team co-chairs are appointed by the President.  Team membership is voluntary and consists of faculty, staff and students who share an interest in environmental issues and are committed to strengthening the College’s commitment to sustainable life and work practices.

Upcoming Events

Sustainability Team Next Meeting

Monday, August 18, 2014, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., location TBA.

Open to all faculty, staff and students.

Examples of What We are Already Doing

Curriculum

  • Integration of Knowledge courses: INTG 285 sections Earth in BalanceFood and Sustainability, and Time and Environment.
  • Examples of assignments - faculty who would like to submit an assignment, email the Team.

Operations

  • Large containers for single-stream recycling with expanded list of recyclable materials containers at Newtown campus
  • Three large compost tumblers transforming cafeteria food waste into mulch
  • Encourage use of second side of used paper in printers
  • Encourage double-sided copying
  • Increased use of video conferencing to reduce employee travel among three campuses.
  • Printing Action Team study to assess the environmental and financial impact of printing behaviors at the college.

Physical Plant

  • Biophilia garden planted in Newtown
  • Campus-wide lighting replacements and upgrades: ongoing project since 2003.
  • Geothermal energy used for heating and cooling Lower and Upper Bucks Campus facilities, and new Linksz Pavilion in Newtown.
  • Green roof in Upper Bucks Campus buildings
  • Harvest lighting daylight sensing in the Linksz Pavilion and Gym to reduce use of electric lights
  • Installation of occupancy sensors with all classroom retrofits as they occur
  • Natural gas pipeline extension to Newtown campus during 2013-14 to eliminate reliance on #2 fuel oil
  • Participation in Energy Load Shedding Program to even out peaks during heavy seasonal usage
  • Require vendor waste stream reduction such as re-use of ceiling tiles and other materials during renovations
  • Retrofits with hands free flush, soap, and water devices where possible
  • Installed two solar powered roof ventilators

Procurement

  • Replacement of standard lighting with CFLs
  • Procurement of green-certified paper towels and toilet paper
  • Encourage procurement to use green-certified vendors

Projects Being Planned

  • Development of green technology workforce development curriculum
  • Partnership with Eco-Club on various projects

Contact Us

Bucks County Community College is already doing many things to promote sustainability in its operations, but we can do more. If you have an idea, please send it to the Team via this form.