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When President Kurtinitis signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment in 2008, it was an expression of her pledge to promote sustainable initiatives at CCBC. The college has stayed true to that commitment and was recently recognized for its extraordinary sustainability efforts.

At this year’s annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, CCBC was one of six colleges/universities to earn a 2016 NACUBO Innovation Award for its college-wide sustainability endeavors. Additionally, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission named CCBC a 2016 Maryland Sustainable Growth Award: Leadership & Service recipient.

CCBC sustainability efforts include:
  • Installing 43 solar canopies across the three campuses, projected to save the college $4-6 million over the next 20 years thanks to an agreement with Constellation Energy.
  • Participating in EnerNoc’s Demand Response Program, which helps conserve energy during code-red emergencies and has netted CCBC approximately $261,000 over a two-year period.
  • Installing energy-efficient lights and mechanical equipment which has saved the college more than $168,000 through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Smart Energy Savers Program.
  • Adopting single-stream recycling that has increased recycling material by 86 percent at the college over the past three years.
  • Developing campus community gardens with the assistance of employees, students and CCBC’s on-campus food service vendor, Sodexo.
  • Achieving Silver LEED status for all new construction. CCBC now has three new buildings with that status: the Library and the Mathematics and Science Hall at CCBC Catonsville and CCBC Owings Mills at Metro Center.
“At CCBC we are committed to being good stewards of the Earth,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “Throughout the college, green sustainability practices translate into ‘greenbacks’ that we use to support students and programs.”