Sustainability Facility Initiatives

Sustainability: Facility Initiatives

Recent Sustainability Actions: Campus Operations


Columbia Campus (Maury County)

14 buildings will be retrofitted and renovated to allow for these eco-friendly changes, including the Pryor Administration Building, Baseball Dugouts, Clement Humanities Building, Finney Memorial Library, Health Sciences Building, Jones Student Center, Large Animal Holding, Maintenance/Power Building, Natatorium, Nursing Education Building, Surplus Equipment Storage, Warf Science Building, Waymon L. Hickman Building and the Webster Athletic Center. In addition, the Pryor Administration Building undergoes a building air handler conversion, removing the current condensing unit and connecting the building to the campus’ chilled water system, resulting in both energy and maintenance savings.

Campus Lighting Retrofit
Existing lighting fixtures on campus will be retrofitted with new, energy efficient lamps and electronic ballasts. Existing fixtures will be cleaned and repaired if necessary. Upgrades will occur after normal business hours to minimize disruption to the faculty and students on campus.

Heat Exchangers Removal and Hot Water System Rework
On the Columbia Campus, the old heat exchangers will be removed in all older buildings, increasing system efficiency. Also, a multi-stack heat pump that will produce a hot and chilled water stream in the summer months that will allow the campus to turn off its main boilers will be installed.

Direct Digital Control System Upgrades

The Columbia Campus has a central And over brand control system that utilizes either graphical or terminal based user input command schemes for each building. The older building’s control systems are terminal based system, and require maintenance operators to memorize commands and record results. The newer generation graphical systems give a more complete picture of the systems and air handlers in use on the campus and are much easier to troubleshoot problems. The last six terminal input DDC systems will be converted to the latest generation graphical user input programs.

Campus Water Savings Strategies
High volume toilets, urinals and showerheads will be replaced with lower flow units, and the lavatories retrofitted with water saving aerators.

Vending Misers
Fuzzy logic motion sensing devices will be installed on the nonperishable food and beverage vending equipment on campus. The devices will turn off the vending machines’ compressors and lighting during times of low/no occupancy and turn the equipment back on 30 minutes before faculty and students are expected to return.

Vehicles
Columbia State has purchased hybrid and electric vehicles (one electric 2010 GEM and two 2009 Hybrid Saturn Vues) to replace older gas powered vehicles driven by security and maintenance staff. Columbia State is in the process of purchasing two more electric vehicles and taking the traditional gasoline powered vehicles out of service.

Seating
The 28 outdoor benches at the Columbia Campus recently purchased from Johnsons Environmental Products are made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic.

Surplus
Columbia State excess property is sent to auction so that the items may be reused. Items are auctioned on www.govdeals.com on a continuous basis.


Williamson County Campus

Columbia State’s Williamson Campus has been named a platinum partner of the Live Green Partners Program for businesses, which is a collaborative effort of local businesses, Leadership Franklin, and the City of Franklin to promote sustainable operations in the workplace. The Sustainability Community Action Plan recommends the formation of a volunteer program to raise awareness and recognize those businesses that are taking strides in a sustainable direction.

Campus Lighting Retrofit
Existing lighting fixtures on campus will be retrofitted with new, energy efficient lamps and electronic ballasts. Existing fixtures will be cleaned and repaired if necessary. Upgrades will occur after normal business hours to minimize disruption to the faculty and students on campus.

Campus Water Savings Strategies
High volume toilets, urinals and showerheads will be replaced with lower flow units, and the lavatories retrofitted with water saving aerators.

Williamson County Campus of Columbia State is committed to the following:

  • Double-sided copying only
  • Digital imaging initiative as a commitment to go digital and only print when necessary
  • Using digital media as primary form of advertising and marketing
  • Turning all lights and appliances off when not in use or using occupancy sensors
  • Installing programmable thermostats and Andover HVAC System Controls
  • Starting a Sustainability Council to oversee environmental efforts
  • Encouraging employees to suggest new conservation and cost-savings ideas
  • Buying goods made of recycled materials
  • Recycling cardboard, aluminum, plastic, mixed paper and toner cartridges
  • Eliminating or significantly reducing the usage of Styrofoam in the faculty work room
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures in bathrooms
  • Conducting a professional energy audit
  • Making sure copiers, printers and PCs are equipped with energy-saving features


Clifton Campus (Wayne County)

Campus Lighting Retrofit
Existing lighting fixtures on campus will be retrofitted with new, energy efficient lamps and electronic ballasts. Existing fixtures will be cleaned and repaired if necessary. Upgrades will occur after normal business hours to minimize disruption to the faculty and students on campus.

Campus Water Savings Strategies
High volume toilets, urinals and showerheads will be replaced with lower flow units, and the lavatories retrofitted with water saving aerators.

Clifton Campus of Columbia State is committed to the following:

  • Turning lights and HVAC off in classrooms that are not being used
  • Recycling all aluminum, paper and cardboard products


Lewisburg Campus (Marshall County)

The Lewisburg Campus facility is not owned by Columbia State Community College, thus it is not included in the Performance Contracting Project.

Lewisburg Campus of Columbia State is committed to the following:

  • Committed to the City of Lewisburg’s Recycling Initiative.

Lawrence County Campus

The Lawrence County Campus facility is not owned by Columbia State Community College, thus is not included in the Performance Contracting Project.

Lawrence County Campus of Columbia State is committed to the following:

  • Receiving a recycling storage building, built and provided by the county, where students, staff, and their families can place plastics and cardboards/paper. The county will pick these up and transport to the Solid Waste Center. This effort is part of a Lawrence County Education initiative where schools compete annually for the most recyclables received.
  • Currently, paper is being recycled, as well as reused for notes/messages and scratch paper for testing.
  • All paper towel dispensers have been replaced to decrease wasted paper.
  • Installed new soap dispensers use less soap as cream soap is converted into foam.

Initiatives - Recent Sustainability Actions: Technology

Office of Information Technology

  • A script written by Ed Wilson, of Columbia State’s Information Technology Staff, automatically powers down all PCs in the College’s computer labs at night, and reboots them in the morning so they’re ready for student use. It is believed that this script saves Columbia State approximately $20,000 annually in utilities.
  • The temperature in the Finney Library Main Computer Room has been increased to 72 degrees from 68 degrees since August 2009.
  • A pilot project is being implemented in the next lab refresh in which new computer access devices will allow multiple users in a lab to share a single computer. This is expected to reduce power consumption in the lab by approximately 90 %.
  • Virtual servers were built to replace traditional hardware servers. This resulted in replacing approximately 8 physical servers and they are planning more replacements in the future.
  • A planned reduction in printers is in action.
  • A printing quota assigned for all students is currently being investigated.
  • All replaced printers will be able to duplex (print on both sides).
  • Lab monitors will start collecting paper that has been printed on one side and sending the paper to the Teaching and Learning Center so tutors can utilize the blank side during tutoring sessions.

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